Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
402013101997PLANT ECOLOGYCompulsory355
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The objective of this course is to provide comprehension of basic concepts of ecology, relationships between plants and environment’s physical and biological effects, interactions of plants with envirionment in the life history
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Serdar Gökhan Şenol
Learning Outcomes
1Learning basic ecologic concepts
2Relating plants with soil, climate and other lives
3Adapting ecology knowledge to current life
4Providing querry of relations between ecologic concepts and experime
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
General information about ecology, some basic concepts of ecology, relations of plant with soil, light, temperature, water, wind and fire, mutual relations of plants such as symbiosis, parasitism, effect of environment to ecological life cycle
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1General information about ecology and information about autoecology and synecology, some basic concepts of ecologyMeeting and giving information about application programme. The definition and areas of ecology science, historical development and recent applications.
2Physical factors of environment. Soil factor I; parent matter,, structure, weather, temperature, organic matter Definition of competition at plants,explanations with examples and setup an experiment in Botany Garden related to the subject.
3Soil factor II. water, solutions, soil reactions, saltness, developmentPhenology, giving information about its definition and applications. Introducing Botany garden. While this sightseeing, determination and introduction of species on which every students make a presentation about fenological observation and species introduction during term
4Climate factors. I. Light factor. Environmental conditions effecting light intensity, the effects of light on plants, morphologic and physologic effects of light on plants, photoperiodismDefinition and importance of climate. Climate diagrams drawing’s principals and applications.Student presentations.
5Climate factors. II. Temperature factor. The properties of temperature, effect on plants, thermoperiodismTurkey’s climate types.The definition of bioclimate layers, determination methods and applications of these. Student presentations.
6Climate factors. III. Rain and water factors. Source of water, receiving of water, water balance in terresterial plants, classification of plants according to water relations.The effects of light and temperature as being climate parameters. The introduction of old and new technology analog and digital equipments used in field studies in Botany garden and to use these equipments by the students. Student presentations.
7Climate factors. III. Rain and water. Hydrophytes, mezophytes, xerophytesDefining atmospheric humidity and wind factors. The introduction of old and new technology analog and digital equipments used in field studies in Botany garden and realization of the applications by the students. Student presentations.
9Climate factors. IV. Wind factor. Environmental changes (heat ve gas changes, friction relations), Transportation of particles hanging on air, wind effects on growth and development.The introduction of meteorological stations used in ecological studies. Land applications in Botany garden with datalogger making long-time recordings of air temperature and humidity, soil temperature and humidity. The explanations of principals of equipment setup and data acquisition. Transmission of data to the computer and the displaying of programs to be used in data process and realization of applications. Student presentations.
10Biological factors. Fire factor I. Fire temperatures, effect of fire on erosion and geomorphology, effects on food cycle.The introduction of pollination mechanisms in plants. Information with visual presentations (videos). Student presentations.
11Biological factors. Fire factor II. The effects of fire on grow and development of plant Soil structure, different soil types, soil sampling methods in land and applied constitution analysis with soil samples provided by students. Student presentations.
12Biological factors. Symbiosis, parasitism, epiphytism, carnovorism, amensalism, grazing, the effects of animals on pollination and seed distribution.The methods of determination of salt and pH in soil. Student presentation.
13Ecological life history(life cycle) I. Migration, (movement abilities, distribution agents, distance and topography), invasion, settling and germination. Harvesting of plants for yield analysis in competition experiment whose observations and controls are done by students and are set 2nd week. Making necessary measurements and processing by putting data of all students into tables. Information about the report to be written for the experiment. Student presentation.
14Ecological life history(life cycle) II. Seedling development, vegetative development, flowering, pollination and distribution, seed yield and survival.. Hand in and discussion of student’s competition experiment reports, phenologic observation reports and presentations reports realized regarding to observed plant species.
15The role of ecology in conservation biologyExam
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
M.Öztürk,Ö.Seçmen, “Bitki Ekolojisi”.Ege Üniv. Yay. İzmir, 1999 E.P.Odum,G.W.Barret. Ekolojinin Temel İlkeleri (Çev. Ed. K.Işık ) Palmae Yay. Ankara,2008 Kılınç, M., Kutbay, G., Yalçı, E., Bilgin, A. (2006). Bitki Ekolojisi ve Sosyolojisi Uygulamaları. Palme Yayıncılık, Ankara. Kocataş, A., (2012). Ekoloji Çevre Biyolojisi. Dora Yayıncılık, Bursa.
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 Examination175
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination11212
Final Examination11212
Attending Lectures14228
Report Preparation339
Report Presentation428
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO2454         5 
LO3        3 4 44
LO443          3 
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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