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Course Detail

Course Name Principles of Ecology and Evaluation
Course Code BIO 100
Program BSc. in Biotechnology
Semester Two
Credits Three
Year Taught 2019


Module 1

Evolution- Definition, scope and history, Darwinian view of life,
Population-The basic unit of evolution, Origin of species, Phylogeny and systematics

Module 2

Ecology and Biosphere-Introduction, biotic and abiotic factors,Biomes

Module 3

Population ecology -Dynamics of population, Population growth-Exponential model Logistic growth model

Module 4

Community ecology- Interactions- Biogeography, Speciation, Ecological succession, Disturbances Structure- Contrasting views

Module 5

Ecosystems- Energy flow and trophic levels, Biological and geochemical processes (BC cycles, B Pyramids etc) Human impacts on ecosystems

Text Books

  1. Reece, Jane B., Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, and Robert B. Jackson. Campbell biology. Boston: Pearson, 2011.
  2. Odum, E. P. (2006). Ecology, the link between the natural and the social sciences. Oxford and IBH Publishing.


  1. Ecology, Third Edition, 2013, by Michael L. Cain and William D. Bowman
  2. Molecular Ecology, 2011, by Joanna R. Freeland and Stephen D. Petersen
  3. Evolution, 2011, by Carl T. Bergstrom and Lee Alan Dugatkin

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