Topic outline

  • About this course

    A free online course from the OpenLearn section of the Open University. The link gives you immediate access to begin the course.


    5 hours study

    No account required. 
    (If you do decide to create an account and enrol for free you receive a free statement of participation.)

    'What is ecology and why is it important to our understanding of the world around us? This free course, Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems, looks at how we can study ecosystems to explore the effect that humans are having on the environment.'

    1. The science of ecology
    2. Ecosystems
    3. Making notes
    4. Identification and naming
    5. Interrelationships
    6. Mapping interrelationships
    7. Ecological health


    • Learning outcomes

      After studying this course, you should be able to:

      • construct a glossary of scientific terms;
      • make notes on what has been read and review these notes.