Course Title: Investigate ecology

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4386 Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Title: Investigate ecology

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term2 2020

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4387

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply key ecological principles underpinning issues of concern about any specific type of environment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU22088 Investigate ecology


1. Explain the levels of classification used in plant and animal taxonomy

2. Outline the general characteristics of ecosystems

3. Describe energy flow, nutrient recycling and relationships in living systems

4. Analyse key issues involved in major ecological problems caused by humans

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include worksheets, reports, assignments and tests