AS/2 level courses
Terrestrial ecology (KS4 AS/2)
Students are introduced to the practical study of ecology and are given an overview of currently used sampling methods for gathering data. The applications of the techniques are also discussed and students have the opportunity to collect and interpret data.
Theory of plant population sampling and succession
Pros and cons of various methods used
Random sampling methods for plant density counts
Practice using point and frame quadrants
Setting up line and belt transects
Measurement of biotic and abiotic factors
Using kite diagrams to analyse data from transect studies
Theory of animal population sampling: light-trapping, pitfall trapping, small mammal trapping, use of pooters, beating trays, sweep nets etc.
Surveying animal populations
Analysis of data
Determining energy flow using pyramids of biomass
Sampling methods: Plant
Sampling methods: Animals