Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
ZEK201AGRICULTURAL ECOLOGYElective233
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Understanding the ecological factors at global level constituting of natural and agricultural ecosystems, and to figure out the planning of basic agricultural activities in terms of sustainability.
Name of Lecturer(s)
NACİ ALGAN, EFTAL DÜZYAMAN, MİTHAT GEVREK, HAKKI ZAFER CAN
Learning Outcomes
1Understanding ecological definitions and being able to find relationships between ecological factors
2Bing able to interpret natural and agricultural ecological systems
3Being able to compare conventional with alternative production systems
4Being able to thing about possible effects of global climate change to agricultural activities
5Understand, evaluate and interpret biotic and abiotic environmental factors
6Being able to understand and solve problems in agricultural production resulting from ecological factors
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Ecological definitions and terms, natural and agricultural ecosystems, relationship between climate and agriculture, relationship between soil and agriculture, soil productivity and microorganisms, biotic and abiotic stress factors, global climatic change, environmental problems, Photosynthesis, transpiration, water use efficiency, drought, conventional and alternative farming systems, pollution, sustainability, erosion
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Ecological definitions and terms
2Ecological definitions and terms
3Natural and agricultural ecosystems
4Biotic and abiotic stress factors
5Agriculture-climate relations, climate groups
6Global climatic change, environmental problems and pollution
7Effects of temperature and light on agriculture
8Precipitation and drought
9Agriculture-soil relations and soil factors
10Soil productivity and erosion
11Photosynthesis, transpiration, water use efficiency
12Respiration
13Conventional and alternative farming systems
14Conventional and alternative farming systems
15General evaluation of topics and students evaluation
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Presentations prepared from different sources and handouts Web resources T.R. Sinclair, 1998. Principles Of Ecology İn Plant Production D. J. Gibson, 2002. Methods İn Comparative Plant Population Ecology Jessica Gurevitch, Samuel M. Scheiner, and Gordon A. Fox, 2005. The Ecology of Plants
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
SUM0
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination11010
Final Examination11212
Attending Lectures14228
Self Study12020
Reading3618
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)88
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
PO
1
PO
2
PO
3
PO
4
PO
5
PO
6
LO143    
LO21  4  
LO312  3 
LO41     
LO531   2
LO63 2   
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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