Course: Ecosystem services

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Course title Ecosystem services
Course code KAES/QEKSL
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Bernas Jaroslav, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. General Concepts and Analytical Approaches 2. The multifunctionality of ecosystems 3. An Assessment of Ecosystem Services 4. An Assessment of Systems from which Ecosystem Services Are Derived 5. Assessing Ecosystem Condition and Trends 6. Assessing the Value of Ecosystem Services for Human Well-being 7. Ecosystem Conditions and Human Well-being 8. Assessing Trade-offs in Ecosystem Services 9. Sensitivity to Ecosystem Change

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), E-learning, Individual preparation for exam, Individual tutoring
  • Preparation for exam - 50 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 50 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
To define the eco-system services as a contribution that the world gains from eco-systems. Specify individual categories of eco-system services: supply, regulatory, cultural, and supporting services.
The student gains a view of the services that ecosystems providing to us. Students will get knowledge about ecosystem services evaluation on a local, national and international scale.
Conditional classes: 0

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Student performance assessment, Interview, Combined exam, Test, Seminar work

Credit requirements: 90% seminars attendance, active interest in seminars Exam requirement: written test
Recommended literature
  • Pivnička, Karel. Aplikovaná ekologie : dlouhodobá udržitelnost rybářské, zemědělské a lesnické produkce. 1. vyd. Praha : Karolinum, 2002. ISBN 80-246-0599-6.
  • Reid, Walter V.; Mooney, Harold A.,; Cropper, Angela,; Capistrano, Doris; Carpenter, Stephen R.,; Chopra, Kanchan Ratna,; Dasgupta, Partha,; Dietz, Thomas; Duraiappah, Anantha K.; Hassan, Rashid,; Kasperson, Roger E.,; Leemans, R.; May, Robert M.; McMichael, A. J.; Pingali, Prabhu L.,; Samper, Cristián,; Scholes, R. J.,; Watson, R. T.,; A. H. Zakri,; Zhao, Shidong; Ash, Neville; Bennett, Elena M.,; Kumar, Pushpam; Lee, Marcus J.; Raudsepp-Hearne, Ciara; Simons, Henk; Thonell, Jillian; Zurek, Monika Barbara,; Sarukhán Kérmez, José,; Whyte, Anne V. T.; Kurfürst, Petr. Ekosystémy a lidský blahobyt : zpráva Hodnocení ekosystémů k miléniu : syntéza. Praha : Centrum Univerzity Karlovy pro otázky životního prostředí, 2005. ISBN 80-239-6300-7.
  • Townsend, Colin R.; Begon, Michael,; Harper, John L. Základy ekologie. 1. české vyd. Olomouc : Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2010. ISBN 978-80-244-2478-1.
  • Townsend, Colin R. Ecological applications : toward a sustainable world. 1st ed. Malden : Blackwell, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4051-3698-3.
  • Wratten, Stephen D.; Sandhu, Harpinder; Cullen, Ross,; Costanza, Robert. Ecosystem services in agricultural and urban landscapes. First published. West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell a John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4051-7008-6.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter