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Basic ecology

Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment, and is vital for sustainability in enterprises that affect our living environment. Do you seek a basic understanding of ecology, with a sustainability perspective within green industries? We combine literature studies with active learning to provide a general description of ecological natural processes and how they interact with our production ecosystems. The course is taught in English.

Knowledge about ecology is an important part of global development goals as well as Swedish environmental goals, to understand how preservation of natural environments and biodiversity is related to food security and sustainable consumption. Via lectures and seminars, excursions and practical exercises, and literature projects with oral presentations, we provide an overview of basic and practical aspects of ecology to illustrate these issues.

The course includes basic concepts and explanatory models within ecology and describes the forces that shape organisms and affect their survival in interactions with other organisms and their environment. Examples from natural ecosystems and man-made production ecosystems demonstrate how our green industries affect the conditions for biological diversity and sustainable use of resources.

The course is taught together with the first half period of BI1397 Basic and applied ecology, which also focuses on further in-depth studies and applications of ecological theory.

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Academic year 2021/2022

Basic ecology (BI1394-M1157) 2021-08-30 - 2021-09-29

BI1394 Basic ecology, 7.5 Credits

Grundläggande ekologi

Syllabus approved

2020-11-12

Subjects

Biology

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Basic examination 4.00 1002
Exercises and seminars 1.00 1003
Literature project 2.50 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

15 credits biology

Objectives

The course will provide the students with basic knowledge of evolutionary and ecological theory, with concrete examples for their relevance for practical conservation and green industries like horticulture, agriculture, silviculture, and for landscape planning.

After completion of the course, students should be able to:
- describe basic evolutionary and ecological principles
- describe different levels of ecological organisation and ecological principles
- describe similarities and differences between human-organized crop production ecosystems and the ecology of natural environments

Content

The course comprises a theoretical part, with lectures about evolutionary and ecologial theory, complemented by seminars, excursions, practical exercises and a minor in-depth study about basic ecology.

Basic evolutionary and ecological theory:
- Evolutionary theory: evolutionary adaptation of organisms to their environment, biotic and abiotic factors.
- Population ecology: dynamics, growth, regulation and cycles
- Systems ecology: the ecosystem concept
- Food chains: trophic levels, trophic webs (predation, parasitism, herbivory, competition)
- Energy flows, nutrient flows, decomposition
- Communities, succession, the niche concept
- Concrete examples of conservation ecology within green industries and cultural landscapes

Short in-depth work covering parts of ecological theory, finalized with an oral presentation.
The course material consists of basic information provided via lectures, excursions and course literature, and discussed at seminars.

Scheduled excursions, exercises, supervision, seminars, and presentations have mandatory attendance.

Formats and requirements for examination

Examination includes a written test, participation and presentation of exercises, oral presentation of in-depth literature study, and participation in seminars.
For a passing grade a written test, reports and participation in mandatory components of the course are required.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

 The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
 If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Protection Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: BI1260, BI1363
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Ecology - from individuals to ecosystems. 5th edition
Author: Begon, Michael, Townsend, Colin R.
ISBN: 9781119279358
Comments: New 2021 edition of a classical and very comprehensive book on ecology.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Horticultural Management - Gardening and Horticultural Production, Bachelor´s Programme Syllabus for Horticultural Management – Gardening and Horticultural Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1394 Application code: SLU-10157 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Protection Biology Pace: 100%