Course: Field course of alpine zoology

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Course title Field course of alpine zoology
Course code KZO/067
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the summer semester.
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
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
  • Konvička Martin, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Sucháčková Alena, RNDr.
  • Havlíček Jan, Mgr.
  • Beránková Zuzana, Mgr.
Course content
Content of lectures: Identification and life histories of high mountain vertebrate and invertebrate animals Endemic animals of European mountain systems High-mountain biogeography, faunal history Adaptations to alpine environments Content of practicals: Exploring two Alpine valleys, a northern and southern one, plus visit of Alpenzoo Insbruck

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Monitoring, Demonstration, Skills training, Excursion, Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies), Individual tutoring, Project-based learning, Practical training, Group work
  • Field trip - 60 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Understanding faunal development and animal communities of European high mountains.
Knowledge of origin, vegetation, fauna and consrvation issues in high mountains of western Eurasia. Readiness to design and exectute field research in demanding alpine conditions.
Basic orientation in field biology, average physical fitness, ability to deal with stessful conditions, participation of group activities.

Assessment methods and criteria
Interview, Systematic student observation, Colloquium, Analysis of the qualification work, Seminar work

Student prepars a lecture (presentation) on assayed topic, which he/she presents durient field trip. During the trip, participation in all group activities, which include functioning in high mountains, observations and sampling of abiotic environment and fauna, as well as grasping cultural and etnographic conditions of the region explored.
Recommended literature
  • Mani MS (1968) Ecology and biogeography of high altitude insects..
  • Nagy L & Grabherr G (2009) The Biology of Alpine Habitats. Oxford Univ. Press.

Study plans that include the course
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