Course: Animals of Europe and Western Palaearctic

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Course title Animals of Europe and Western Palaearctic
Course code KZO/143
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In academic years starting with an even year (e.g. 2016/2017), in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
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
  • Konvička Martin, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Veselý Petr, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Geography of western Eurasia; marine, freshwater and terrestrial biomes of western Palaearctic. 2. Geological and biogeographical history of western Palaearctic I. (up to Pleistocene) 3. Geological and biogeographical history of western Palaearctic II (Holocene) 4. Regional biodiversity I (marine) 5. Regional biodiversity II (invertebrates) 6. Regional biodiversity III (insects) 7. Regional biodiversity IV (fishes and related groups) 8. Regional biodiversity V (amphibians, reptiles) 9. Regional biodiversity VI (birds) 10. Regional biodiversity VII (mammals) 11. Distribution of endemic and relic species 12. Recent changes in invertebrate and vertebrate fauna (extinctions, invasions, exotic species) 13. Conservation programs in western Palaearctic and Europe

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Written action (comprehensive tests, clauses), E-learning, Individual preparation for exam, Excursion
  • Class attendance - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 26 hours per semester
  • Field trip - 24 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course provides information about the fauna of Europe and western Palaearctic and its conservation.
Orientation in animal distribution and animal conservation issues at EU and West Palearctic scale; skills for scholarly work in European scale, knowledge transfer in EU structures.
Basic orientation in biological and ecological disciplines, including basic geography.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Colloquium, Seminar work

Grasp of the information from lectures, orientation in course literature, ability to absorb novel informatin, scholarly essay and its presentation to colleagues, active participation in discussions.
Recommended literature
  • Aulagnier S 2009 Mammals of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. A & C Black.
  • Hawksworth DL, Bull AT 2008 Biodiversity and Conservation in Europe. Springer..
  • Hayward PJ, Ryland PS 1995 Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe. Oxford University press..
  • Chinery M 2007 Insects of Britain and Europe. A & C Black Publishers Ltd..
  • Kwet A 2009 European reptile and amphibian guide. New Holland.
  • Miller PJ, Loates MJ 1997 Fish of Britain & Europe. HarperCollins.
  • Svensson L, Grant PJ 2004 Collins bird guide. HarperCollins.
  • Weiss S, Ferrand N 2007 Phylogeography of Southern European refugia. Springer..

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): Ecosystem Biology (1) Category: Ecology and environmental protection - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter