Course: Ecology and the environment

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Course title Ecology and the environment
Course code KBE/030
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Tahovská Karolina, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: ecology, definitions and terms, historical context, ecology as scientific discipline, classification, principles, hierarchy, complexity (individuals - ecosystems), environment -abiotic, biotic, climatic factors, energy and nutrient cycling, autotrophy, heterotrophy, producer-consumer-decomposer, variability, periodicity, gradients, niche, regulations, adaptation, ecological rules, population ecology?, strategies, capacity, relations, time and spatial characteristics, basics of production ecology, ecosystems ecology, and applied ecology, global ecosystem, global environmental problems, global problems in the context of the Czech Republic Content of practicals: Practicals will respond the topics of the lectures. The individual work of students will be emphasized.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Demonstration, Projection, Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies), Case studies
Learning outcomes
The main aim of the lecture is to introduce modern ecology as the scientific discipline. We will take up with the theory of general ecology, including the ecology of individuals, population dynamics and its regulation, communities, their structure, relations, and the Earths functioning as a global ecosystem with related problems. Besides, basics of various branches of ecology will be present (ecosystem ecology, production ecology, applied ecology, ecology of microorganisms, soil ecology). Finally, we will address the impacts of human activity on the environment and the questions of responsibility and ethical behaviour will be placed in an ecological context (environmental ethics, theory of moral ecology).
Students will understand modern ecology as the scientific discipline, from the theory of general ecology to the Earths functioning as a global ecosystem with related common environmental problems. Absolvents will be oriented in the problematics of different approaches of environmental ethics.
basic (secondary school) understanding of ecological and environmental topics understanding texts written in English

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination, Essay, Student performance assessment, Interim evaluation

The course is designed in a seminar form. Students are required to actively join the discussion, solve asked problems and questions and prepare a review of problematics. They consult actively with a mentor. The exam consists of an essay (40%), activity during whole semester course (10%) and an written exam (50%).
Recommended literature
  • Begon, Harper, Townsend. Ekologie - jedinci, populace, společenstva. Olomouc, 1999. ISBN 0-86542-111-0.
  • Braniš, Pivnička. Úvod do studia životního prostředí. Praha, 1994. ISBN 80-7066-945-4.
  • David Štorch, Stanislav Mihulka. Úvod do současné ekologie. Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-7178-462-1.
  • Erazim Kohák a kol. Závod s časem - texty z morální ekologie. Praha, 1996. ISBN 80-85368-81-1.
  • Josef Petr Ondok. Člověk a příroda - hledání etického vztahu. Praha, 1998. ISBN 80-7192-239-0.
  • Moldan Bedřich. Podmaněná planeta. Praha, 2015. ISBN 978-80-246-2999-5.

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