Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
ZEK201AGRICULTURAL ECOLOGYElective124
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)
Doç. Dr. Gülcan DEMİROĞLU TOPÇU
Learning Outcomes
1Understanding the ecological definitions and developing the ability of establishing interrelations between the ecological factors
2Ability of interpretation of natural and agricultural ecosystems
3Comparison of conventional and alternative agricultural systems
4Capability of discussing the possible effects of global climate change on agricultural activities
5Evaluation and interpretation of biotic and abiotic environmental factors
6Understanding of, and solving the problems of agricultural production related to 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
0Ecological definitions and terms
1Ecological definitions and terms
2Natural and agricultural ecosystems
3Biotic and abiotic stress factors
4Agriculture-climate relations, climate groups
5Global climatic change, environmental problems and pollution
6Effects of temperature and light on agriculture, Precipitation and drought
7Midterm Exam
8Agriculture-soil relations and soil factors
9Soil productivity and erosion
10Photosynthesis, transpiration, water use efficiency
11Respiration
12Conventional and alternative farming systems
13Conventional and alternative farming systems
14General evaluation of topics and students’ evaluation
15Final 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
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
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Self Study14342
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)74
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