Course: Ecology

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Course title Ecology
Course code UA/EKOK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Drozd Bořek, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Ecology as a scientific branch (introduction, scales, ecology in practice). 2. Ecology in context of evolution (natural selection, intraspecific evolution, speciation, climate change, continental drift, interpretation of evolution results). 3. Physical and chemical factors and sources availability (environmental factors, sources for plants and animals, sources and ecological niche, sources and intraspecific competition). 4. Environmental factors, sources and biomes (communities geography, factors and sources distribution in time, terrestrial biomes, aquatic ecosystems). 5. Natality, mortality and dispersion (life cycles, natality, mortality, dispersion versus migration, intraspecific competition in populations, life strategies). 6. Interspecific competition (ecological and evolutionery effects, communities structure, importance). 7. Predation, grazing, illness (fitness, prey, predation nuances, predator behavior, population dynamics and communities structures in light of predation). 8. Evolutionary ecology (organisms distinguishing on intraspecific and interspecific level, coevolution, mutualistic interations). 9. Population and community (population dynamics, dynamics of spreading, mosaicism, metapopulation, community structure, food webs interactions). 10. Species richness in space and time (models, gradients, factors affecting species richness in space, time, fossil records, variability). 11. Energy and mass flow in ecosystems (primary production, decomposition proces, mass flow, global biochemical cycles). 12. Sustainability (human and biodiversity, natural sources utilization, monocultures, pests, agricultural systems integration, global changes). 13. Ecosystems degradation (habitat degradation economic activities, urban and industrial landscape, energy: ways of getting, impacts, ecosystems preservation and restauration). 14. Protection (endangered biodiversity, nature protection in praxis, principles of effective biodiversity protection, world changes over time).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Demonstration, Projection
  • Preparation for classes - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 45 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 34 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The principal goal of the course "Ecology" is familiarization of the students at B.Sc. study degree with Ecology as a crucial scientific branch that provides information for understanding of interactions between organisms and their environment, among organisms each other, for comprehension of interactions between plant and animal biota components, involvement of an individuum into the populations, communities and ecosystems, for understanding of energy and mass flow through the ecosystems, habitat degradation and for comprehesion of principles of sustainable ecosystems utilization and effective biodiversity protection in conditions changing over time.
After passing of course "Ecology" student will have the basic knowledge of ecology as an important scientific branch. He/she will be knowledgeable in relations between organisms and their environment, among organisms each other, in interactions between plant and animal biota components. He/she will understand issues focused on involvement of an individuum into the populations, communities and ecosystems. He/she will be familiarizated with energy and mass flow through the ecosystems and habitat degradations. He/she will be able comprehend principles of sustainable ecosystems utilization and effective biodiversity protection in conditions changing over time.
Prerequisites
The final oral exam is preconditioned by credit passing. Credit passing is conditioned by active participation during practices, PPT presentation elaboration and by successful passing of credit test.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Test

Active participation during practices, PPT presentation elaboration, study of literature.
Recommended literature
  • Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend, John L. Harper. Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems. 2005. ISBN 1405111178.
  • Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., Harper, J. L. Základy ekologie. Olomouc, 2010. ISBN 978-80-244-2478-1.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2020) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2021) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter