ECOLOGY OF TERRESTIAL ANIMALS

Course ID: BZO-SE>ETA
Course title: ECOLOGY OF TERRESTIAL ANIMALS
Semester: 3 / Spring
ECTS: 3
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 20 hours
Field of study: Animal Science
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites:
Contact person: dr Elżbieta Kowalska elzbieta.kowalska@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Recognition of interactions between animals and their environment in different terrestrial habitats.
Full description: Research methods in ecology of terrestrial animal. Ecogeographical rules. Mechanisms of animal ecological isolation.Metabolism and bioenergetics. Levels of environmental organizations. Relationships between organisms. Biocenosis. Evolution in ecosystems. Biodiversity. Legal systems of environmental protection and nature conservancy.
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: After course completion In area of knowledge: 1. student has knowledge of ecological systems’ structures and mechanisms 2. student knows ecological research methods, formulates research hipotheses 3. student explains strategies of organisms adaptation to environmental conditions In area of social competences: 1. student is able to apply various methods of ecological research 2. student defines species membership of specified terrestrial organisms 3. student analyzes and interprets the interactions between organisms living on land and determines their environmental requirements In area of social competences: 1. student is able to work in a team and organize fieldwork thinking creatively 2. student is able to select and apply appropriate methods of collecting, breed, conservation and preparation in the study of invertebrates
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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