This unit develops skills in modelling ecological, environmental, agricultural and economic systems, and the relationships between them. It builds on skills and experience developed at the undergraduate level through a series of modules that provide an overall understanding of the place of modelling in the natural sciences and a general overview of common modelling approaches and issues including the goals and purposes of modelling, types of models, the modelling process, systems analysis and conceptual modelling, and validation and testing. A range of practical laboratory exercises and a project allow a more detailed focus on techniques and issues specific to disciplines such as botany, zoology, theoretical ecology, agro-ecology, agricultural and resource economics, marine and aquatic ecosystems, and conservation ecology.
Course period4/07/1919/11/20
Course levelPostgraduate coursework
Course formatUnit