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Short Courses

Research and Monitoring

Basic Ecology

Course Outcome

Use and apply knowledge of ecology in support of effective conservation implementation.

Learning outcomes for the course:

At the completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify, interpret and apply knowledge relating to geology, soils and soil erosion in support of effective conservation in own area of operation.
  • Identify, use and apply knowledge of climate and weather in support of the implementation of conservation operation activities.
  • Identify and evaluate components of the ecosystem processes as it applies to own.
  • Investigate and evaluate the impact and role of different species within the ecosystem.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of freshwater, estuary, marine and terrestrial ecosystems as it applies to the Southern African region.


Strategic Areas Covered

  • The nature of ecosystems
  • Ecosystems
  • Biogeochemical and astronomical cycles
  • Ecology of populations
  • The structure and function of ecosystems
  • Basic ecological processes of water bodies
  • Geology and soils
  • Climate and weather


Who can attend?

This course is suitable for Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes. Applicants must have knowledge, comprehension and application of English.



This course is a NQF level 5 course and is institutionally accredited by the Southern African Wildlife College.


Course Duration

5 days

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