Course: Ecology and Biogeography of World Biomes

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Course title Ecology and Biogeography of World Biomes
Course code KBO/330
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Prach Karel, prof. RNDr. CSc.
  • Fuchs Roman, doc. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1) Annual cycles on the globe, heath ballance, air cyrculation, wind systems; climatic zones,climadiagrams; distribution of the main bioms. 2) Relations between biotic characteristics and latitude, phytogeographical and zoogeographicalprovinces; history of continents. 3) Tropical rain forest. 4) Deciduous tropical forests and savanas. 5) Arid ecosystems. 6) Sclerophyllous vegetation. 7) Evergreen and deciduous forests of the temperate zone. 8) Boreal coniferous forests. 9) Subarctic zone and tundra. 10) Ecosystems of high altitude. 11) Wetlands I (permanent and periodic lakes, alluvia, sea shore, oceans). 12) Wetlands II (peatbogs). 13) Islands Content of practices: Students present their own power-point prezentation concerning a particular topic related to biomes or biogeography.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Individual preparation for exam
  • Preparation for classes - 60 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 40 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 40 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 10 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 48 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course provides an overview over the world biomes, both zonal and azonal. All lectures are illustrated by numerous illustrative slides. In the seminar part, usually students themselves present their experiences from various biomes or refer about speciphic biogeographic problems.
Students get knowledge on distribution, history, ecology and human impact on the main ecosystems over the globe.
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge in botany, zoology, and ecology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Students must present a talk concerning a selected particular problem of ecology of world biomes, they must exhibit an ability to work with international literature and synthetize relevant information.
Recommended literature
  • Archibold O. W. 1995 Ecology of world vegetation. Chapman and Hall, London.
  • Bailey R. G. 1998 Ecoregions. The ecosystem geography of the oceans and continents. Springer, N. York..
  • Prach K., Štech M., Říha P. 2009. Ekologie a rozšíření biomů na Zemi. Scientia, Praha..
  • Walter H. 1985 Vegetation of the Earth. Springer, Berlin.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Zoology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Ecosystem Biology (1) Category: Ecology and environmental protection - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Zoology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Botany (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Secondary Schools Teacher Training in Biology (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Zoology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Secondary Schools Teacher Training in Biology (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter