ANTHROPOGENIC CHANGES IN ECOSYSTEMS

Course ID: POS-SE>ANTZM
Course title: ANTHROPOGENIC CHANGES IN ECOSYSTEMS
Semester: 3 / Spring
ECTS: 4
Lectures/Classes: 30 / 30 hours
Field of study: Environmental Protection
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites:
Contact person: dr hab. Ewa Fudali, prof. nadzw. tel 71 320 1601 ewa.fudali@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Reactions of plants and plant communities in forests, wetlands and meadows as well as in cities on direct or indirect man impact, explanation of transformation processes. Methods used to diagnose the state of vegetation transformation and point their main reasons.
Full description: Theoretical conceptions describing man impact upon the biosphere; plants and various plant communities (forest, swamp, bog, meadow) reactions on environmental changes caused by various types of human activity (agriculture, transport, industry, urbanization, tourism); biological invasions in plants and their ecological consequences; forest management and practices as human activity changing the forest ecosystems structure, truncated communities, ruderalization of ecosystems – origin of processes, their indicators, ecological consequences. Methods used for the valuation of the ecosystems’ transformation state and their practical usage.
Bibliography: Sukopp H. (e.) 1990. Urban ecology. SPB Academic Publishing bv, The Hague Jackowiak B., Zukowski W. 2000. Mechanisms of Anthropogenic Changes of the Plant Cover. Bogucki Wyd. Naukowe, Poznań Zając A., Zając M., Zemanek B. 2003. Phytogeographical problem of synanthropic plants. Wyd. Instytutu Botaniki Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków Tokarska-Guzik B. 2005. The establishmnet and spreading of alien plants species (kenophytes) in the flora of Poland. Wyd. Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Katowice
Learning outcomes: Knowledge Student posseses knowledge of the various types of human activity influence on biotic elements of ecosystems and the ecological consequences of investments. He has proper knowledge for the recognition of the environment state using botanical methods. Skills Student can chose and applicate proper methods for the estimation of the intensity of human pressure in environment. He can change information and interpret it. He can describe the state of vegetation and validate its deformation. Social competences Understands necessity of cooperation with various specialists. Understands necessity of continual learning Knowledge of vegetation and its reaction on human impact makes him responsible for the environment state, he is aware of changeability in environment .
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: grade obtained at classes (50%) + grade obtained at lectures (50%)

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