Introduction to Ecosystems

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Gain an understanding of the natural world and how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world. When you reach the end of the course you will have explored the concept of an ecosystem and be able to define an ecosystem, understand the different ways in which a system can be analysed, use your knowledge of the key features of ecosystems to determine interrelationships between organisms in a simple ecosystem, describe adaptations shown by animals to extreme desert and polar environments, discuss how small organisms in marine systems contribute to energy flow through ecosystems, and explain how humans impact on three examples of fragile ecosystems.

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The Open University (OUUK)

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