Study programmes / B-PPR Plant Protection / Ecology
Course code:EKOL
Course title in language of instruction:Ekologie
Course title in Czech:Ekologie
Course title in English:Ecology
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Vladimír Hula, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor)
prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Laštůvka, CSc. (examiner, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Antonín Přidal, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Josef Suchomel, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:The aims of ecology is to introduce the students into its methods, its most important terms, relations, phenomenons and paradigms, with special regards to the application of the ecological knowledge. Students will acquire knowledge about the functioning of natural systems and natural processes in the landscape, the processes and phenomena in ecosystems and landscapes can be seen as interrelated.
Course contents:
1.Origin, definition, tasks of ecology (allowance 2/2)
a.Origin, definition and division of ecology
b.Relation to other sciences

2.Fundamental ecological relations (allowance 6/6)
a.Organism and its environment
b.Abiotic factors, ecological potence and adaptations

3.Ecological aspects of the distribution of organisms (allowance 2/2)
a.Biogeographic division of the earth surface
b.Development of communities in central Europe in postglacial period

4.Population (allowance 4/2)
a.Characters and functions (abundance, structure, dynamics, migrality)

5.Interpopulational relations (allowance 4/8)
a.Interspecific relations
b.Trophic relations
c.Ecology of pollinators

6.Community (allowance 6/0)
a.Types, structure, properties

7.Ecosystem (allowance 4/0)
b.Circulations of matters, energy flow
d.Functions of natural and anthropogenous ecosystems
e.Bioms (zonobioms, orobioms, pedobioms)

8.Field practice (allowance 0/6)
9.Final seminar (allowance 0/2)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability and competence to organize and to realize ecological research
-Ability to comprehensively assess the landscape management in terms of its influence on the biodiversity
-Ability to create yourself conceptual designs of measures to slow the loss of biodiversity and its conservation
-Ability to evaluate the ecological importance of individual species in natural and production ecosystems

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Obligatory participation at seminars, submission and presentation of a seminar work on individual topic; the course is finished with written exam, 40 min, 40 questions, minimum 50 points of possible 80
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice14 h
     seminar4 h
     laboratory work2 h
     field work2 h
     professional educational excursion8 h
     consultation2 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam50 h
     preparation for regular assessment14 h
     preparation of presentation14 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • PŘIDAL, A. Ekologie opylovatelů: vysokoškolská učebnice. 2nd ed. Brno: Lynx, 2005. 108 p. ISBN 978-80-86877-04-4.
  • LAŠTŮVKA, Z. Ekologie. 1st ed. Brno: Konvoj, 2000. 184 p. ISBN 80-85615-93-2.
Recommended reading list
  • ALLABY, M. A dictionary of ecology. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 473 p. ISBN 978-0-19-860905-6.
  • TISCHLER, W. Agrarökologie. Jena: VEB Gustav Fischer Verlag, 1965. 499 p.
  • KREBS, C J. Ecological methodology. 2nd ed. Menlo Park, Calif.: Addison Wesley Longman, 620 p. ISBN 0-321-02173-8.
  • BEGON, M. -- TOWNSEND, C R. -- HARPER, J L. Ecology: from individuals to ecosystems. 4th ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2006. 738 p. ISBN 978-1-4051-1117-1.
  • BEGON, M. et al. Ekologie: jedinci, populace a společenstva : [Investice do rozvoje vzdělávání, reg.č.: CZ1.07/2.2.00/15.0084]. 1st ed. Olomouc: Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého, 1997. 949 p. ISBN 80-7067-695-7.
  • SLAVÍKOVÁ, J. -- ZPĚVÁK, I. Ekologie rostlin. 1st ed. Praha: SPN, 1986. 366 p.
  • LOSOS, B. et al. Ekologie živočichů. 1st ed. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1985. 316 p. Učebnice pro vysoké školy.