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Engineering Ecology

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Course Unit Code546-0495/02
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
STA35doc. Ing. Barbara Stalmachová, CSc.
Production ecology. Principles and processes of photosynthesis. Plant and environment. Fitness. Autecology and synecology. Human ecology.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Engineering Ecology disseminates till now obtained knowledge (in the bachelor
study). Students must know and understand ecological processes in ecosystems and their components.The study of Ecology will be linked with ecological physiology, evolutionary ecology and biosystematics. Applications and argumentations. Determination of CR flora.
Course Contents
1. The position of plant ecology in the biological sciences, subject of study.
Ecosystem, niche, biotope, vegetation, flora, locality. Ecological limits. Ecology
photosynthesis and production ecology.
2. Plants and environment: Diversity and amplitude of ecological factors on
Earth. Fitness. Terms and resources.
3. Water in the soil. Water potential. Water as a plant environment.
4. Mineral nutrition of plants - Microelements - macroelements. Accessibility a
intake of substances. Ecological adaptations.
5. Growth and development as a manifestation of life. Growth stages. Phenology and phenophase.
Life forms of plants. Plant populations.
6. Phytocenosis. Ecological niche. Success. Climax and its features. Definition
communities - spatial structure, abundance, density, dispersion, cover.
Plant response to pollution. Forms of organism responses. Homeostasis. Stress.
7. Effects of abiotic and biotic factors on animals, interspecies
interaction. Groups of factors in types of environments. Food relations. Communities
animals. Energy flow in animal communities. Functions of animals in
8. Man and the environment. Climate adaptation. Cultural aspects of climate
adaptation. Man and biotic environmental factors. Ecopathology. Health risks
in developed countries.
9. Classification of ecosystems with human participation. Types of ecosystems, forms
management, energy aspects of human ecosystems. Problems of urbanization.
Synanthropization and synurbanization of plants and animals.
10. Resources. Interventions in the energy of ecosystems. Genetically engineered
organisms. Perspectives for the future.
11. Ecological aspects of nutrition. Human niche.
12. Ecology of human populations. Size, structure and density of populations.
13. Races, definitions of races. Racial classification systems. Origin and genesis of races.
14. Paleoecology. Characteristics and distribution of primates. Evolution of primates.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
BEGON M.,HARPER J.L.,TOWNSEND C.R.: Ecology -individuals, populations and commnunities. Blackwell Scien. Publ., 2006.
BROWER J., VON ENDE C.N. Field and laboratory methods for general ecology. McGraw-Hill. 2010.
PARDO S., PARDO M. Statistical Methods for Field and Laboratory Studies in Behavioral Ecology. Chapman & Hall/CRC Applied Environmental Statistics. 2018.
SMITH R.L., SMITH T.M. Elements of Ecology. Pearson. 2015.

BEGON, M., J. L. HARPER a C. R.TOWNSEND. Ekologie: Jedinci, populace a společenstva. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 1997. ISBN 80-7067-695-7
LACHER, W. Fyziologická ekologie rostlin. Praha: Academia, 1988. ISBN 21-102-88
MÍCHAL, I. Ekologická stabilita. Brno: Veronica, 1994. 244 s. ISBN 80-8536-822-6
BEGON, M., J. L. HARPER a C. R. TOWNSEND. Ecology: Individuals, Populations and Commnunities. Blackwell Publishing, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4051-1117-8
Recommended Reading:
LARCHER, W. Physiological plant ecology. Berlin: Springer, 2003
KREBS C.J. Ecological Methodology. 2nd Edition. Addison Wesley Longman, Menlo Park etc. 1999.
RICKLEFS R. Ecology: The Economy of Nature. WH Freeman. 2018.
GLIESSMAN S.R. Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems. CRC Press. 2015.
STORCH, D. a S. MIHULKA. Úvod do současné ekologie. Praha: Portál, 2000. 160 s. ISBN 80-7178-462-1
LAŠTŮVKA, Z. a P. KREJČOVÁ. Ekologie. Brno: Konvoj, 2000. 185 s. ISBN 80-85615-93-2
CHYTRÝ M. a kol. Katalog biotopů České republiky. Praha: AOPK, 2010. 304 s. ISBN 978-80-87457-02-3
LAECHER, W. Physiological Plant Ecology. Springer, 2003. 513 s. ISBN 978-3-540-43516-6
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Experimental work in labs, Terrain work
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Exercises evaluation and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        Exercises evaluationCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 34