Course syllabus EKLES - Forest Ecology (FFWT - WS 2015/2016)

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Course code: EKLES
Course title in language of instruction: Ekologie lesa
Course title in Czech: Forest Ecology
Course title in English: Forest 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, 2/2/2 (hours weekly/ hours weekly/ days in semester) (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
part-time, 20/0/0 (h/h/days in semester) (lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: WS 2015/2016
Name of lecturer: Ing. et Ing. Ladislav Čepelka, Ph.D. (instructor)
prof. Ing. Jiří Kulhavý, CSc. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Ladislav Menšík, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Mgr. Radek Michalko, Ph.D. (instructor)
doc. Ing. Luboš Purchart, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites: General Botany or Special Forest Botany or Soil Science or Bioclimatology
Aims of the course:
Knowledge of the structure, processes and functioning natural and managed forests, ecosystem analysis in the holistic conception, hierarchy and behaviour of systems, evaluation of ecological impacts of human activities on forest ecosystems, evaluation of biotic interactions and trophic relations, primary and secondary production, biodiversity, stress behaviour, principles of ecological stability and landscape and global aspects of forest protection. Knowledge of the possible impact of global climate change on the forest ekosystems. Intensifying the possibility of an analytical approach to the evaluation of information and the possibility of synthetic evaluation of information obtained.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to forest ecology (allowance 4/4)
2.Forest and enviroment - climate (allowance 2/2)
3.Forest and environment - soil (allowance 2/2)
4.Water cycle in forest ecosystems (allowance 2/2)
5.Primary production in forest ecosystem (allowance 2/2)
6.Secondary production in forest ecosystem (allowance 2/2)
7.Biodiversity in forest ecosystems (allowance 2/2)
8.Biogeochemical cycles in forest ecosystems (allowance 2/2)
9.Stress theory and ecological stability of forest ecosystems (allowance 2/2)
10.Ecological foundations of near-natural management of forest ecosystems (allowance 2/2)
11.Forest ecosystems in global context (allowance 2/2)
12.Field excursion - demonstration of methods for ecosystems studies (allowance 0/16)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-Ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-Ability to work in international context
-Ability to work independently
-Capacity to adapt to new situations
-Capacity to learn
-Science and research skills
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to apply of knowledge obtained in forest management and environment protection
-Ability to use methods of the evaluation of negative impacts of human activities on forest ecosystems.
-Knowledge of system analysis principles at the evaluation of the forest ecological stability.
-Knowledge on the structure, processes and functioning of forest 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: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h0 h
     practice24 h0 h
     professional educational excursion16 h0 h
     consultation0 h20 h
     preparation for exam50 h80 h
     preparation for regular assessment20 h40 h
     report from excursion, tour, practical placement6 h0 h
Total140 h140 h
Assessment methods:
Evaluation of participation in lectures
Obligatory participation in practical exercises
Protocols from the practical exercises and excursion
Final oral examination (3 questions ) within the range of 1 hour
Recommended reading:
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RQKULHAVÝ, J. et al.Ekologie lesa: doplňkový učební textBrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně200380-7157-718-9
RQKULHAVÝ, J. et al.Ekologie lesa II.BrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně200680-7157-984-X
RQKULHAVÝ, J. et al.Ekologie lesa III.BrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně2009978-80-7375-355-9
RQLAŠTŮVKA, Z. -- ŠŤASTNÁ, P.EkologieBrnoMendelova univerzita v Brně2014978-80-7509-182-6
RQLAŠTŮVKA, Z. -- KREJČOVÁ, P.EkologieBrnoKonvoj2000
RQBEGON, M. et al.Ekologie: jedinci, populace a společenstva : [Investice do rozvoje vzdělávání, reg.č.: CZ1.07/2.2.00/15.0084]OlomoucVydavatelství Univerzity Palackého199780-7067-695-7
REKLIMO, E. et al.Lesnická ekologieBrnoVysoká škola zemědělská199480-7157-499-62001
REDUVIGNEAUD, P. -- MEZŘICKÝ, V.Ekologická syntézaPrahaAcademia1988
RERUNNING, S. -- WARING, R.Forest Ecosystems - Analysis at Multiple ScalesNew YorkAcademic Press1998
REZLATNÍK, A.Základy ekologiePrahaSZN1973
REODUM, E.Základy ekologiePrahaAcademia1977
RECHAPIN, F S.Principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology9781441995049
REBARNES, B V. et al.Forest ecologyNew YorkWiley0-471-30822-6


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