Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
1001014022014BENTHOLOGYCompulsory484
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of the benthic organisms, the bio-ecological features of benthic groups and the sampling procedures of benthos.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof.Dr. Tuncer KATAĞAN, Prof.Dr. Bilal ÖZTÜRK, Prof.Dr. Murat ÖZBEK, Doç.Dr. Esat TARIK TOPKARA
Learning Outcomes
1Explain the definition of benthology and principles of classification
2Interpret benthic communities in Inland Waters
3Learn marine benthic communities
4Interpret benthos and their relationship with habitat
5Define feeding habits of benthos
6Interpret the benthic biodiversity on the coasts of Turkey
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Benthic zone and the classification of benthos; general anatomical and morphological features of benthic groups which are distributed in Turkey’s marine and freshwaters; sampling procedures; pollution indicator species; feeding behavior in benthic organisms.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Definition of benthos, classification of benthos according to sizes, classification of lake biotopes and benthic zonations in lakesBenthic sampling methods in inland waters
2Features of the Littoral zone, limnological characteristics of higher plantsMicroscope examination
3Benthic communities in lakes: Porifera, Coelenterata, Platyhelminthes, NematodaMicroscope examination
4Benthic communities in lakes: Bryozoa, Annelida ve Ostracoda Microscope examination
5Benthic communities in lakes: Mysidacea, Isopoda, Decapoda and AmphipodaMicroscope examination
6Benthic communities in lakes: Mollusca and InsectaMicroscope examination
7Feeding mechanisms and types of foods, biomass and feeding rates.Microscope examination
8MID-TERM EXAM
9Definition of marine benthos, sampling methods, their classification.Benthic sampling methods in marine
10The relationship of benthos with substratum and the classification of benthos according to their sizesSorting procedure
11Bio-ecological characteristics of microbenthos and their distributionsMicroscope examination
12Bio-ecological characteristics of meiobenthos and their distributionsMicroscope examination
13Bio-ecological characteristics of macrobenthos and their distributionsMicroscope examination
14Biological forms, types of movementMicroscope examination
15Project presentationsPresentation of the reports
16FINAL EXAM
Recommended or Required Reading
Benthology Course Notes. 21 p. (in Turkish) WETZEL, R.G. 1975. Limnology. W.B. Saunders Company. Philadelphia, 743 p. KOCATAŞ, A. 1998. Introduction to Marine Biology, E.U. Science Fac. Book series No: 31, 562 p. BRINKHURST, R.O. 1974. The Benthos of Lakes. The Macmillan Pres. Ltd. London, 190 p.
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 Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14228
Laboratory14228
Project Preparation12020
Project Presentation122
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11515
Individual Study for Final Examination12525
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)120
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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LO25      4  4  
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LO44  4   444 4 
LO54         3 3
LO64    44  4 4 
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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