546-0510 – Introduction to Biology and Ecology (UdBioEko)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental Engineering
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Subject version
Version codeYear of introductionYear of cancellationCredits
546-0510/01 2008/2009 2009/2010 3
546-0510/02 2009/2010 2019/2020 3
546-0510/03 2015/2016 5
546-0510/04 2019/2020 5
546-0510/05 2019/2020 5
546-0510/06 2019/2020 5

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The student will gain a comprehensive overview of basic information about living matter, its composition, structure and functions at various hierarchical levels.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs
Terrain work


After completion of the „Fundamentals of biology and ecology“ students will understand the origin of life on Earth, the basic units of life – cells, evolution of species and the diversity of life, ecology of communities, dynamic characteristics of ecosystems and global issues of the environment.

Compulsory literature:

GERALD, M. C., G. E. GERALD. The Biology Book: From the Origin of Life to Epigenetics, 250 Milestones in the History of Biology. New York: Sterling, 2015. 528 p. ISBN: 978-1-4549-1068-8 PRIMACK, R. B. Essentials of Conservation Biology. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 603 p. ISBN: 9781605352893 TOWNSEND, C. R., M. BEGON and J. L. HARPER. Essentials of Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. 532 p. ISBN-13: 978-1405156585 SALA, O. E., R. B. JACKSON, H. A. MOONEY and R. W. HOWARTH (Eds.). Methods in Ecosystem Science. Springer, 2000. 421 p. ISBN 978-1-4612-1224-9

Recommended literature:

LINDDENMAYER, D. B. and G. E. LIKENS. Effective Ecological Monitoring. Routledge, 2010. 184 p. ISBN 10: 1849711453 PEDROTTI, F. Plant and Vegetation Mapping (Geobotany Studies). Springer, 2013. 294 p. ISBN-13: 978-3642302343 SPELLERBERG, I. F. Monitoring Ecological Change. New Zealand: Lincoln University, 2005. 412 p. ISBN 9780521527286 SCHWOERBEL, J. Methods of Hydrobiology (Freshwater Biology). Elsevier, 210 p. ISBN 978-0-08-006604-2


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.