Course: Ecology

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Course title Ecology
Course code KBI/EKO51
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 8
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ditrich Tomáš, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction into Ecology as a science. 2. Organism and relationships with the environment (occurrence and distribution organisms, biogeographical areals, various forms of areals, adaptations, evolution, koevolution, biotop, ecotop). 3. Environmental factors (classification, law of the minimum, limiting factor, ecological valence). Environmental resources. 4. Environmental conditions and its impact to organism. 5. Organisms as o food resources. 6. Population ecology (basic characteristics). 7. Population dynamics, growth and strategy. 8. Relationships (classification). Intraspecific relationships. 9. Interspecific relationships. 10. Biocenosis (basic characteristics, diversity, structure, types, ecotons). 11. Biocenosis dynamics, changes in time. 12. Ecosystems (structure and function, production, energy circulation). 13. Matter circulation (O, C, N, P, S, Fe). 14. Ecosystem types (limnical, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, biomes)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Projection
Learning outcomes
The basic course of Ecology deals with Ecology as a science. The elementary information on environmental factors (environmental conditions and resources), population ecology (characteristics, dynamics, growth and strategy), interspecific relationships, biocenosis (structure, changes in time) and ecosystems (structure, function, types, biomes) will be offered.
Students will use the achieved knowledge in next courses, mainly in the botany courses (plant ecology), in the zoology courses (animal ecology) and in the environment protection. The students will get the necessary theoretically knowledge for transformation into the didactical system of education in science and in environmental education.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination

Knowledge in fundamental ecological terms, laws and relations in nature.
Recommended literature
  • Begon M., Harper J.L., Townsend C.R.:. Ekologie.. Olomouc, Univerzita Palackého, 1997.
  • Dolný A.:. Ekologie. OSU, Ostrava. 2005.
  • Jakrlová J., Pelikán J.:. Ekologický slovník terminologický a výkladový. Fortuna, Praha. 1999.
  • Laštůvka Z., Krejčová P.:. Ekologie. Konvoj, Brno. 2000.
  • Losos B., Gulička J., Lellák J., Pelikán J.:. Ekologie živočichů. SPN, Praha. 1985.
  • Odum E. P.:. Základy ekologie. - Academia, Praha. 1977.
  • 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 (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter