BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENRT-170 - Principles of Ecology - 5.00 Credits

ENRT-170 - Principles of Ecology - 5.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will study the relationship between organisms and their environment. Topics covered include perspectives in ecology, evolution and adaptation, the physical environment, the flow of energy and materials within an ecosystem, population and community ecology. Contemporary issues in ecology will also be explored.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Environmental Resource Technician Certificate - Year 1 Spring
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2023 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : ENRT 150, MATH 140, ENRT 155,
    Corequisites : COMP 140,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's degree in a related field. Bachelor's degree in a related field with experience will be considered.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week
    Contact Hours: 75
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • comprehend and discuss aboriginal perspectives in ecology;

  • determine validity of data through the application of statistical analysis;

  • describe evolutionary processes and adaptations of plant and animal species;

  • describe the interrelationship of Earth’s physical and biological components;

  • describe the cyclical flow of energy, water and nutrient through ecosystems;

  • differentiate between exponential and logistic models of population growth;

  • determine population density using various sampling methods;

  • construct a life table to determine survivorship and mortality of a population;

  • measure species diversity and dispersion within a forest community;

  • identify community structure changes through time;

  • produce a research paper through the collection and analysis of data;

  • discuss environmental influences on ecosystems; and

  • discuss contemporary environmental issues.
  • Text and Materials: Smith, T.M. and Smith, R.L. Elements of Ecology. Current edition. Toronto. Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM09 Jan 202328 Apr 2023
    TH1:30PM - 3:30PM