616-0438/01 – Ecology Essentials (ZE)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental Protection in IndustryCredits6
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Barbara Stalmachová, CSc.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Petr Jančík, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2010/2011Year of cancellation2017/2018
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
SUT76 Ing. Petra Šutarová
LAC0012 Ing. Eva Szotkowská Lacková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Students will be able to formulate basic concepts and relations of ecology issues. Student will deepen their knowledge and understanding of issues of landscape ecology and related areas influencing, water by human activities. Student will be able to demonstrate their acquired experience. Student will analyze the problems of different types of ecosystems (ocean, coastal), wetlands ecology, coral reefs, oil spills, etc. Student will be able to properly formulate and to present their knowledge and skills using computer programs.

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To acquaint students with basic concepts and relationships in the disciplines of ecology, biology, botany, zoology and geology and environmental geochemistry. In terms of biology, a comprehensive overview of basic information of living matter, its composition, structure and functions of the various hierarchical levels. Environmental Geochemistry introduces the migration patterns of the elements in the Earth's crust and the environment. Botany focuses on plant physiology, systematic botany and zoology acquaints students with the knowledge of the general characteristics of the animal kingdom, characterized by fauna of the Czech Republic and its position within Europe.

Compulsory literature:

BEGON, Michael; TOENSEND, Colin R.; HARPER, John L.Ecology: from in dividuals to ecosystems, Malden-Oxford, Blackwell,2006.

Recommended literature:

Morgan Sally. Ecology and environment: the cycles of life, Oxford University Press, USA, 1995 Stuart McBurney. - Devon : Ecology into economics won't go, or, Life is not a concept Green Books, 1990 - xii, 196 s. : il. ISBN 1-870098-28-5

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

seminary work test



Other requirements



Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. The content and subject of ecology, basic ecological concepts. Environmental Protection in relation to ecology. The individual, population, community, ecosystem, biosphere. Interspecies cooperation and competition. Ecological niche. Primary and secondary succession. Formation condition of climax. Biome. 2. Ecosystem. Basic principles, functions. Food links, trophic chains and networks. Regulation of trophic chains. Flow, or flow of energy. Energy balance. Energy flow and productivity ekosystémů.Umělé and natural ecosystems. 3. Biotic and abiotic environment. Effects of environmental factors on organisms. Dependence on environmental factors. Adaptation and convergence types. And factors limiting production. Tolerance range, the ecological amplitude of species. The law of tolerance Law and lows. 4. Resources of the biosphere. Renewable and nonrenewable resources biosphere. Contamination of the biosphere. Ecological Crisis. Natural resources: land, water, air, flora, fauna. Energy and Mineral Resources biosphere. Wasted resources biosphere. Solar radiation and its use. Wind energy. Energy sea and rivers. Geothermal energy. Thermonuclear energy utilization of mineral resources. 5. Man and his environment. Human development. The influence of human activities on the environment. Man and Energy. Human populations. Man and health. Contamination of food chain. Fate and effects of pollutants on humans. 6. What is life? Common features of living creatures, order and disorder, properties that maintain a population, evolution by natural selection, scientific metody. Atomy, molecules and life. Atoms, particles, molecules, the chemical properties of water, carbon-containing compounds. The basic unit of life. Discovery and basic cell theory of cells, two main types of cells, a common structure and function of cells, specialized structures and functions in cells. Dynamics of cells. Cells and basic energy flow of the universe, the chemical reactions and energy flow agents in cell metabolism, cellular transport. 7. Area of Botany - Plant Physiology. Water plants. Mineral nutrition. Photosynthesis. Respiration. Secondary plant substances. Heterotrophic nutrition. Physiology of movements - physical and vital movements. Phytohormones. Physiology of plant growth and development. Plant propagation. 8. Environmental geochemistry geology - basic geochemical concepts. Geochemical background. Geochemical anomalies. Biogeochemistry. Biogeochemical cycles of the major organogenesis elements. Biogeochemical migration of minor and trace elements. 9. Branches of zoology - characteristics of zoology as science. Systematic zoology. Basic systematic categories. Binomial nomenclature. Biological species. Characteristic fauna of the Czech Republic and its position within Europe.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2011/2012 Summer semester, validity until: 2017/2018 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 30  15
        Examination Examination 70  36
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