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Syllabus 2018-19 - 10212009 - Ecology (Ecología)

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DEGREE: Grado en Biología
FACULTY: FACULTY OF EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES

ACADEMIC YEAR: 2018-19
SYLLABUS
1. COURSE BASIC INFORMATION
NAME: Ecology
CODE: 10212009 ACADEMIC YEAR: 2018-19
LANGUAGE: English LEVEL: 1
ECTS CREDITS: 12.0 YEAR: 3 SEMESTER: AN
 
2. LECTURER BASIC INFORMATION
NAME: JIMÉNEZ GÓMEZ, FRANCISCO
DEPARTMENT: U102 - BIOLOGIA ANIMAL, BIOL.VEGETAL Y ECOLOGIA
FIELD OF STUDY: 220 - ECOLOGÍA
OFFICE NO.: B3 - 163 E-MAIL: fgomez@ujaen.es P: 2793
WEBSITE: www.ujaen.es/dep/bioani
LANGUAGE: - LEVEL: 1
 
NAME: JIMÉNEZ MELERO, RAQUEL
DEPARTMENT: U102 - BIOLOGIA ANIMAL, BIOL.VEGETAL Y ECOLOGIA
FIELD OF STUDY: 220 - ECOLOGÍA
OFFICE NO.: B3 - 415 E-MAIL: rmelero@ujaen.es P: 953212794
WEBSITE: -
LANGUAGE: - LEVEL: 1
 
3. CONTENT DESCRIPTION

The theoretical program will include the following topics:

Topic 1: Historical background of ecology

Topic 2: The ecosystem and the framework of general systems theory

Topic 3: Models in ecology

Topic 4: Methods in ecology

Topic 5: Adaptation of organisms to the environment

Topic 6: Electromagnetic radiation

Topic 7: Heat and temperature

Topic 8: Physical support: atmosphere, water and soil

Topic 9: Dissolved gases (oxygen)

Topic 10: Biogeochemical carbon cycle

Topic 11: Biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen

Topic 12: Biogeochemical cycle of phosphorus

Topic 13: Biogeochemical cycle of sulfur and micronutrients

Topic 14: Biological production

Topic 15: Primary production

Topic 16: Secondary production

Topic 17: System of decomposers and detritivores

Topic 18: Trophic structure of ecosystems

Topic 19: Demography and growth of isolated populations

Topic 20: Ecological niche

Topic 21: Interspecific interactions: competition

Topic 22: Interspecific interactions: predator-prey system

Topic 23: Interspecific interactions: mutualism

Topic 24: Distribution of species abundance

Topic 25: Diversity and Information

Topic 26: Immigration, extinction and spatial heterogeneity of
populations and communities. Insularity.

Topic 27: Ecological succession

Topic 28: Stability and complexity

Topic 29: Changes of the ecosystem in space: landscape and
territory

Topic 30: Environmental education Topic 31: global ecology

 

The practical classes will be the following:

1.- Leaf litter decomposition I

2.- Integrated metabolic measures

3.- Thermal stratification in aquatic systems

4.- Field excursion (6 hours). Analysis of the structure of plant
communities.

5.- Secondary production (Allen method)

6.- Analysis of the field practice data (Computer Classroom)

7.- Leaf decomposition II

8.- Leaf decomposition III

9.- Population growth in life tables (computer)

10.- Competition and Predator / Dam (computer)

11.- Landscape Analysis

12.- Metapopulations and distributions of species abundance
(computer).

The Seminars will be the following:

1.- Ecology to debate

2.- The planetary limits

3.- The human ecological footprint-I

4.- The human ecological footprint-II

5.- Demography of Homo sapiens: r or k strategist?

6.- Biodiversity and cryptodiversity

7.- Ecosystem services

8.- Marine reserves: metapopulations

9.- Environmental education

 

(The contents of the seminars and practices may be modified
according to the course development)

4. COURSE DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING METHODOLOGY

The subject is structured in 4 basic activities. First master lessons, in which the professor in charge of the subject makes a detailed and accurate presentation of the subject. These masterclasses occupy a total of 70 contact hours. The practical part of the subject will be carried out in the laboratories of practices, in computer rooms (simulation practices in computer), and in the field. A total of 12 sessions of 2 hours of practice in laboratory and computer classroom and a field session (6 hours), which make a total of 30 classroom hours are established. The theoretical and practical contents are complemented with 15 pressential hours of seminars, as well as with group and individual tutorials for the discussion and clarification of doubts (5 pressential hours).

Students with special educational needs should contact the Student Attention Service (Servicio de Atención y Ayudas al Estudiante) in order to receive the appropriate academic support

5. ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

The theoretical concepts of the subject will be evaluated through a written exam (objective test). It will include a partial eliminatory exam of the subject taught in the first four months of the course. The final weight of this note will be proportional to the number of topics included (approximately 40%). The grade obtained between the partial and the final will mean 75% of the final grade. With this test the following competences will be evaluated: CB1, CG11, CT3, CT4, CT6, CT9, CT10, CE17, CE19, CE20 and CE18. The practical contents of the subject will be assessed through a process of continuous evaluation by solving problems (which can also be evaluated in a final written exam), and the quality of the practice scripts. In this case, the competences to be evaluated will be: CG1, CG3, CT1, CT2, CT5, CT7, CT8, CT9 and CE18. The possibility of teamwork that would also be evaluable within this section is foreseen (CT8 and CT2 will be the competences evaluated). The results obtained will represent 20% of the final grade. In addition, attendance and participation in seminars and practical classes will contribute to the final grade with a maximum of 5% (CT6, CT9 and CT10). For the latter case, interventions and critical capacity will be taken into account, as well as the skill and interest shown. Attendance will be controlled with class lists in practice sessions and seminars. Obtaining the highest possible score for attendance will require at least 90% of the possible sessions. For each 10% decrease in this value, 20% of the attendance score will be subtracted.

6. BOOKLIST
MAIN BOOKLIST:
  • Ecology : global insights & investigations. Edition: 2nd ed. Author: Stiling, Peter D. Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, 2015  (Library)