Course: Diversity of Life

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Course title Diversity of Life
Course code KZO/068
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 summer semester.
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Mihulka Stanislav, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Konvička Martin, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Havlíček Jan, Mgr.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Evolution. How to survive survival of the fittest? Short list of evolutionary basics. 2. Phylogenetics - Short cookbook for beginners. 3. History of Life. From origin of Earth to recent ice ages. 4. Archaeal & bacterial view of life - mamavirus and other viruses also included. 5. Eukaryota - their origin and diversity. 6. Great story of plastid lineages - Primary vs. secondary endosymbiosis. Archaeoplastida. 7. Land plants - Conquering land with green cells. Rule of flowering plants. 8. Secret world of fungi. 9. Metazoa. Flourishing world of animals. 10. Origin and diversity of chordates. 11. Ecology. Key adaptations and strategies for successful life. 12. Biogeography. Patterns of life on various scales. 13. How to protect environment without prejudices. Content of practicals: One week of intensive practical terrain excursion, to get an idea of the biological data sources. In terrain information gathering, sampling, exploration, observation, investigation, examination and evaluation.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Excursion, Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies)
  • Class attendance - 26 hours per semester
  • Field trip - 40 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Introduction to basic up-to-date biology. This course is designed to significantly and sensitively expand biological horizonts of overspecialized persons.
Student will get advanced orientation in current organismal biology, including overview of advanced methods, and will use this orientation in his/her further specialisation. Lectures are in English, suitable for short-term visiting students and for students of multidisciplinary órientation (Biological Chemistry, Bioinformatcis). During field trips, the students will get familiar with living nature in wider environs of České Budějovice.
No prerequisities for this course, except for ability to study in English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Interview, Systematic student observation, Colloquium, Seminar work

Active participation during lectures and field trips, essay/presentation to be discussed colloqiually with lecturers and students' peers.
Recommended literature
  • CAMPBELL, N., A. & REECE, J., B.: Biology, 7th edition. Benjamin Cummings; 7th edition, 1312 pages, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0805371468.
  • Common equipment for 1 week field trip at distant base.
  • English version of Wikipedia - selected entries.

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): Bioinformatics (1) Category: Informatics courses 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Zoology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer