Course: Ecology II

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Course title Ecology II
Course code KBI/EKO04
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ditrich Tomáš, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Unicellular organisms, fungi - trophic pyramid, decomposers, ecophysiology, chemoautotrophs 2. Cyanobacteria, Algae, Lichens, Bryophytes, Ferns - photosynthesis, primary production, pioneer organisms, influence on global cycle of C, N and O, production of aquatic ecosystems, peatlands 3. Spermatophytes - importance, plant life-forms and cycles, sexual reproduction, vegetative and generative reproduction, clonality, ploidy 4. Gymnosperms, forests, grasslands, woody plants in the landscape and urban land, water retention 5. Angiosperms - pollination, chasmogamy and cleistogamy, ecology of seeds and fruits 6. Plant specifics - r-K strategy, CSR strategy, carnivorous plants, myrmecophily, succulents 7. Area specifics - phytosociological relevé, phobia and philia in plants; ruderalization; invasive plants; effect of pasture; grazing; disturbation, human impacts 8. Basal Metazoa a Lophotrochozoa - ecosystem position, trophic interactions; coral reefs 9. Ecdysozoa without insects - ecology and importance of Nematodes, Chelicerates; Crustaceans, Myriapods 10. Insects - ecosystem position; ecology of particular orders, importants interactions 11. Deuterostomia, basal Chordata and primary aquatic Vertebrates - importance and ecosystem position; ecology of hagfishes and lampreys, cartilaginous fishes, ray-finned fishes, coelacanths and lungfishes. 12. Amphibians and Sauropsids without birds - ecology of amhibians; Squamata, Testudines and Crocodiles, importance and ecosystem position. 13. Birds - ecosystem position, feeding specialization; important interactions; migration; ecology of particular orders or lower taxa 14. Mammals - ecosystem position, feeding specialization; important interactions; ecology of particular orders or lower taxa

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
Learning outcomes
An extended ecology course is based on ecology of particular taxa or functional groups of organisms. Participants integrate previous information from basal ecology, botany and zoology courses and receive extended information on ecology of particular species or higher taxa. Major part of the course is working knowledge on common or generally known species.
Attendant will gain complex information connecting findings from basal ecology and systematic disciplines. Attendant will get particular information for practical application of theoretical knowledge during teaching process.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Knowledge of ecology and position in the ecosystem of particular species, taxa or functional groups of organisms.
Recommended literature
  • Begon M., Harper J.L., Townsend C.R.:. Ekologie. Olomouc, Univerzita Palackého, 1997.
  • Briggs D., Walters S.M.:. Proměnlivost a evoluce rostlin. 3. vyd., Olomouc, 2001.
  • Dolný A.:. Ekologie. OSU, Ostrava, 2005.
  • Gaisler J., Zima J.:. Zoologie obratlovců. Praha, Academia, 2007.
  • Hendrych R:. Fytogeografie. SPN, 1984.
  • Losos B., Gulička J., Lellák J., Pelikán J.:. Ekologie živočichů. SPN, Praha, 1985.
  • Sedlák E.:. Zoologie bezobratlých. Skriptum PřF MU, Brno, 2006.
  • Slavíková J.:. Ekologie rostlin. SPN, Praha, 1986.
  • Storch D., Mihulka S.:. Úvod do současné ekologie. Portál, Praha, 2000.
  • Townsend C.R., Begon M., Harper J.L.:. Základy ekologie. Olomouc, 2010.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Nature and Environmental Education (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter