ANTHROPOGENIC THREAT FACTORS FOR ECOSYSTEMS

Course ID: PAG-SE>ANTFACECO
Course title: ANTHROPOGENIC THREAT FACTORS FOR ECOSYSTEMS
Semester: 4 / Spring
ECTS: 3
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Agrobusiness
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites: Biology
Contact person: Justyna Sołtysiak justyna.soltysiak@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Characteristics of the most important anthropogenic factors (with a specially focus on agriculture) and their impact on the structure and functioning of the most importance ecosystems (in global and local scale)
Full description: The structure, functioning and anthropogenic threats to the most important ecosystems of the Earth, in a global and local scale. Diversity of the biosphere. The importance of the global diversity and the threats of biological diversity. The variety of species on a local scale - significance and its problems on the example of Poland. Global ecological problems and their consequences for the functioning of ecosystems. Population exploitation - theoretical foundations and the risk factors. Agriculture in developed and developing countries. The most important environmental problems of agriculture in the Third World countries and their consequences for the environment. The influence of agriculture and tourism on changes and functioning of biocoenoses on the example of Europe and Poland. Anthropogenic risk factors in protected areas.
Bibliography: Biology. Peter H. Raven, George B. Johnson. St. Louis: Times Mirror, Mosby, 1986. Biology. Eldra P. Solomon, Linda R. Berg, Diana W. Martin, Claude A. Ville. Saunders College Publishing, USA, 1995. Biology. Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece Lawrence G. Mitchell Menlo Park, California: Benjamin Cummings, 1999. Botany: basic concepts in plant biology. Terry L. Hufford, New York: Harper and Row, 1978.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge The student has knowledge about the impact of anthropogenic factors, with particular emphasis on agriculture on the structure and functioning of the most importance ecosystems. He understands the processes and changes that occur in ecosystems at different levels of their organization. He can pinpoint the dangers of particular biocenosis. He has knowledge of selected methods to mitigate the negative effects of environmental stresses resulting from anthropopression. Skills A student understands the functioning and the importance of the most important ecosystems of the Earth. He can describe the interdependence of individual components of the biocenosis. He formulates correct conclusions about the global and local effects of anthropogenic disturbances, recognizes the major threats to ecosystems and is able to eliminate them. The student during the exercises prepares a project that determines the state of the resources of the selected area and indicates its major anthropogenic threats. He also proposes practical methods to reduce the negative impact of anthropopression on the site. Social competences A student is aware of the negative impact of anthropopression on the structure and functioning of ecosystems. He can work individually as well as in a group.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: grade obtained at classes (60%) + grade obtained at lectures (40%)

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