Course: Biological Monitoring of Environmental Changes

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Course title Biological Monitoring of Environmental Changes
Course code KAE/BMEC
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Brom Jakub, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction 2. Ecological indicators and bioindicators 3. Toxicity and ecotoxicity 4. Abiotic factors of the environment 5. Monitoring of the vegetation 6. Monitoring of animals 7. Water environment and wetlands 8. Biological and ecological production 9. Ecological stability 10. Landscape monitoring 11. Landscape character 12. Legislation in environment monitoring

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Excursion, Individual tutoring
  • Preparation for classes - 14 hours per semester
  • Field trip - 6 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to get acquainted with monitoring the state and changes in the environment at various levels, from the genetic and population level to communities, ecosystems and the landscape. Approaches to environmental assessment and monitoring using bio-indicators and other methodological approaches are presented. Attention is also paid to the introduction to ecotoxicology.
Students will gather a knowledge in field of assessment of environment and environmental monitoring
Fundamentals of ecology, chemistry and biochemistry.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Seminar work

Preparation of an essay
Recommended literature
  • Farina, Almo. Principles and methods in landscape ecology : towards a science of landscape. Dordrecht : Springer, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4020-3328-5.
  • Goldsmith, F. B. Monitoring for conservation and ecology. 1991. ISBN 978-0-412-35590-5.
  • Chytrý, Milan,; Kučera, Tomáš,; Kočí, Martin; Grulich, Vít,; Lustyk, Pavel. Katalog biotopů České republiky = Habitat catalogue of the Czech Republic. Druhé vydání = Second edition. Praha : Agentura ochrany přírody a krajiny ČR, 2010. ISBN 978-80-87457-02-3.
  • Maarel, Eddy van der. Vegetation ecology. 1st ed. Oxford : Blackwell Science, 2005. ISBN 0-632-05761-0.
  • McPherson, G., R., DeStefano, S. Applied ecology and natural resource management.. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Study plans that include the course
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Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): - (2016) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Multifunctional Agriculture (2016) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter