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Last update 26-10-2015
HU Credits: 5

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: life sciences

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: E. Safra

Course/Module Coordinator: Amatzia Genin

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Mondays, pre-coordination required

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Dror Hawlena
Prof Amatzia Genin
Mr. Michael Kalyuzhny
Ms. Dorin Arad
Mr. Ron Efrat

Course/Module description:
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.

Course/Module aims:
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.

Attendance requirements(%):

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)

Course/Module Content:
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.

Required Reading:
Begon, Harper and Townsend/ Ecology.
Ricklefs/ Ecology.
Selected papers.

Additional Reading Material:
Selected papers.

Course/Module evaluation:
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 %

Additional information:
Grade for assignments will be given for the best 5 of 6 six assignments.
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.