1st degree (Bachelor)
Coordinator Office Hours:
Mondays, pre-coordination required
Dr. Dror Hawlena
Prof Amatzia Genin
Mr. Michael Kalyuzhny
Ms. Dorin Arad
Mr. Ron Efrat
The course focuses on principal processes in ecology at levels ranging from individuals, through populations and communities through the global biosphere. Emphasis is given to relationships between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environment and their adaptation to the ambient conditions.
Basic knowledge of the biotic and abiotic environment on Earth and the understanding of key ecological processes that determine the abundance and distribution of organisms.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. To identify biotic and abiotic environment on Earth
2. To analyze ecological processes and effects of environmental conditions on organisms from the scale of the individual to the biosphere.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Two weekly lectures, 2 hours each, and a weekly, 1 hr long, exercise. (Hour&eq; academic unit of 45 min).
Assignments: a total of 8 written exercises on which the grade is "passed" (of a total of 12 possible exercises)
Environmental conditions on land, in lakes, and in the ocean. Limiting factors. Trophic structure and dynamics. Population genetics- Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Selection-mutation. Competition. Predator-prey relationships. Predation risk. Direct and indirect effects of predators. Fundamentals of biogeochemistry. Global changes. Human effects on ecosystems.
Begon, Harper and Townsend/ Ecology.
Additional Reading Material:
End of year written/oral examination 75 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 25 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %
Grade for assignments will be given for the best 5 of 6 six assignments.