ECOLOGY

Course ID: BBC-SE>EKOLOGIA
Course title: ECOLOGY
Semester: 3 / Spring
ECTS: 3
Lectures/Classes: 10 / 20 hours
Field of study: Human Biology
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites:
Contact person: dr Elżbieta Kowalska, elzbieta.kowalska@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Student w czasie kursu nabywa wiedzę z zakresu struktury i mechanizmów funkcjonowania układów biologicznych na poziomie populacji, biocenozy, ekosystemu, krajobrazu i biosfery. Nabywa umięjętność określania wzajemnych relacji między organizmami i ich środowiskiem, roli człowieka w procesach kształtowania środowiska, oraz potrafi zastosować prawa ekologii w ochronie środowiska i przyrody.
Full description: The scope and methods of research in ecology. Population, biocoenosis, ecosystem, landscape - the structure and functioning. Succession. Biodiversity and the biocenotic balance. Climates, soils and biomes of the Earth. Circulation of the mattery and energy flow. Structure and productivity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.Sustainable development.
Bibliography: Begon M., Towsend CR., Harper JL. 2006. Ecology: from individuals to Ecosystems. 4. Ed. Blackwell. Cain ML., Bowman WD., Hacker SD.2008. Ecology. Sinauer. Sunderland Krebs, Charles J. 2009. Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance (Sixth ed.). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: W1 - student knows the basic concepts and techniques of ecological research [BC_1A_W14]. W2 - student understands the rules regulating the functioning of ecological systems at different nature organization [BC_1A_W14]. W3 - student is able to link environmental factors with their influence on the structure and functioning of organisms in the forming of ecological systems [BC_1A_W14]. Skills: U1 - student analyses basic ecological definitions, structures and functioning of biological systems at the population, biocoenosis, ecosystem, landscape and biosphere level [BC_1A_U11]. U2 - student is able to determine the relations between organisms and their environment [BC_1A_U11]. U3 - student correctly interprets the ecological structure of selected animal populations [BC_1A_U11]. Social competences: K1 - student displays interest in systematic upgrade of knowledge within the scope of biology and related disciplines. Understands the need of lifelong learning [BC_1A_K01]. K2 - student understands the role of man in the process of environment development; student is able to apply ecology laws in protecting the environment and nature [BC_1A_K03].
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Subject assessment: on the basis of the positive grade of tutorials. Rating of theory (lecture) - 50% Rating of tutorials - 50% Written test to assess (including the lectures’ and tutorials’ content); 10 open-ended questions; duration 45 minutes; 60% of correct answers - satisfactory, 65% - satisfactory plus, 75% - good, 85% - good plus, 95% - very good. Improving test (10 open-ended questions, duration 45 minutes) within a period of no longer than two weeks. Completion of the course based on the average of the ratings.

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