Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
10420201E11616GENERAL ECOLOGYCompulsory244
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to teach main concepts of ecology to students such as scope of ecology, biotic and abiotic factors effecting dispersal of organisms, life cycles in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, types of population growth and development, interspecies relations in community, community organisation and community biodiversity, energy flux in ecosystems and some chemical substance cycles and interaction between this topics.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Ferah SAYIM, Doç. Dr. Samiye DEMİR, Doç. Dr. Ortaç ONMUŞ
Learning Outcomes
1To learn the main concepts of ecology
2To be able understand roles of biotic and abiotic factors on population size and dispersal of individuals
3Different disciplinary approaches : To associate ecology with different disciplines science topices such as general biology, plant physiology and statistic
4To understand the relations between ecologic cycles and environment health in aquatic and terrestrial biomes
5To use ecology topics for solving of general life problems
6To associate affects of interspecies interactions on on biodiversity
7To associate at the present time and future affects of pollutants and substance cyclecs in ecosystem on our earth
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Introduction to ecology and biosphere, factors effecting dispersal of organisms, aquatic and terrestrial biomes, population ecology, population development, increase in human population, community ecology, interspecies relations and organisation of community, biogeographic factors effecting community biodiversity, ecosystems conservation biology of natural sources
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
0Introduction to Ecology. Basic terminology in Ecology.
1History of Ecology
2Organismal Ecology: Dispersal and distributions, Species transplants, Abiotic factors
3Ecosystem Ecology 1: Biospher and biomes, Climate and microclimate, Climographs
4Ecosystem Ecology 2: Aquatic Biomes (Lakes, Wetlands, Streams and rivers, Estuaries, Intertidal zone, Oceanic pelagic zone, Coral reefs, Marine Benthic zone
5Ecosystem Ecology 3: Terrestrial Biomes (Tropical forest, Desert, Savanna, Chaparral [Maquis], Temperate grassland [Steppe, praire])
6Ecosystem Ecology 4: Terrestrial Biomes (Deciduous forest [Temperate broadleaf forest], Taiga [Boreal forest], Tundra)
7Midterm exam
8Population Ecology 1: Estimating population size, Distribution patterns, Survivalship curves
9Population Ecology 2: Population growth models, r-selected and K-selected life histories, Population dynamics, Metapopulations, Demographics
10Community Ecology 1: Biodiversity (ecosystem diversity, genetic diversity and species diversity), Biodiversity hot-spots, Conservation biology
11Community Ecology 2: Nishes, Community interactions (competition, predation, herbivory, symbiosis, facilitation), Dominant species and keystone species
12Ecosystem Ecology 5: Trophic structure and Energy flow, Food chains and Food webs, Primary production
13Ecosystem Ecology 6: Biochemical cycles , Succession and Climax vegetation, Fragmentation of ecosystems
14Restoration ecology
15Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
J.B. Reece, L.A. Urry, M.L. Cain, S.A. Wasserman, P.V. Minorsky, R.B. Jackson. 2011. Campbell Biology, 9th edition. Boston: Benjamin Cummings: imprint of Pearson.
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
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination13030
Individual Study for Final Examination13030
Reading14228
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)120
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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