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Course Description

A study of ecology is important to understand in today's world. Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment; specifically, ecology identifies and explains the holism, or critical connections, between plants and animals and the world around them--and how those relationships affect the planet. Through this understanding, ecology provides information about how to use Earth's resources responsibly in order to leave a healthy environment for future generations.

The scope of ecology is as wide as the diversity of life on the planet. From bacteria in lakes to animals living in the arctic, ecologists study all types of environments, or ecosystems. Understanding all of these continually changing factors is overwhelming and difficult to grasp.

This general ecology course will provide a solid foundation on fundamental ecology topics, which many students require for future studies in various fields. This comprehensive course includes these topics:

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations
  • Biodiversity
  • Mass Extinctions
  • The World's Species
  • Biogeography
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Systems Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Human Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Accredited CEUs
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Ecology Basics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations
  • Biodiversity
  • Mass Extinctions
  • The World's Species
  • Biogeography
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Systems Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Human Ecology
  • Natural Resource Managemen, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Ecology

This first lesson will introduce the study of Ecology and begin to touch on major theories about our environment that have evolved over time. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: What Is Ecology?
  • Take Poll: Ecology
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Ecology Basics

This lesson will provide a list of important ecological terms and processes that will serve as a vital foundation for the subsequent chapters. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Ecology Glossary; More Ecology Terms
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Ecology and Evolution

This lesson will explore the connection between Ecology and evolution. Ecology and evolution are intrinsically connected because an organism's environmental surroundings affect and direct its evolution. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Evolutionary Ecology

This lesson will break down and examine the influences that scientist' study in Evolutionary Ecology. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Ecotypes; Sociobiology
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations

In addition to studying the influences of physical environment, ecology also encompasses the interaction between different organisms. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Ecosystems; Ecological Niche
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the variety of plants and animals on earth. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Biodiversity; Genetic Diversity
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Mass Extinctions

Species go extinct because of natural shifts in the environment that take place over very long periods of time, such as ice ages. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Mass Extinctions
  • Take Poll: Extinctions
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: The World's Species

Scientists have no accurate way of determining exactly how many species have lived and gone extinct in the Earth's history. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Biogeography

Biogeography studies the geographic distribution of past and present species and how the physical environment affects where species live. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Biogeography Overview
  • Take Poll: Ecosystems
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Geographical Information Systems

Researchers often use technologies such as remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to better understand the factors affecting current distribution as well as to suggest future trends in organism distribution. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: National Park GIS; Geographical Information System
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Landscape Ecology

The changing distributions of plants, animals, and ecosystems, identified by biogeographical research can be applied to an assortment of conservation disciplines. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Landscape Ecology; Principles of Landscape Ecology
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Population Ecology

The term population can be defined and interpreted differently, depending on the scientific discipline doing the defining. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Population Ecology; Ecotopes
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Community Ecology

Species can have a direct and an indirect effect on other species in a community. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Community Ecology
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Physiological Ecology

Physiological ecology studies the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and the organisms' adaptations to that environment. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Physiological Ecology
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Ecosystem Ecology

An ecosystem includes all the organisms in a given area and the abiotic elements that affect them including sunlight, temperature, soil quality, and nutrients. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Ecosystem Ecology
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Systems Ecology

Systems ecology attempts to clarify the structure and function of ecosystems through the use of applied mathematics, mathematical models, and computer programs. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review Article: Systems Ecology
  • Review Video: Systems Ecology
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: Plant Ecology

Plant ecologists study the distribution and abundance of plants, the interactions between the members of plant species, and plants' interactions with their environment. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Plant Ecology; Ecological Succession
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: Animal Ecology

Animal ecology adds the element of looking at how animals interact with one another. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Animal Ecology; Omnivore, Carnivore, Herbivore
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: Human Ecology

Human ecology studies the relationships between people and their environment. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Human Ecology of Memory; Introduction to Human Ecology
  • Take Poll: Environmentally Friendly
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

Lesson 20: Natural Resource Management

If we destroy enough ecosystems, human life will not be sustainable so it is imperative to our species to effectively manage our planet's resources. 129 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Natural Resource Management; Kyoto Protocol
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
796
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Ecology 101
Course Number: 7550579
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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