Study Programmes 2015-2016
General ecology
Duration :
24h Th
Number of credits :
Bachelor in bioengineering2
Bachelor in bioengineering2
Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)2
Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)2
Lecturer :
Grégory Mahy, Arnaud Monty
Coordinator :
Grégory Mahy
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
THEMES : Spation temporal structure and regulation of ecological systems from the individuals to the ecosystems. Ecological methods at the hierarchical organisational level of ecological system. Interactions between human activities and ecological processes. MAIN CHAPTERS 1. What is (and is not) ecology ? 2. Autecology : the organisms within the environment. Ecological amplitude, adaptation, climate and biomes, ecological niche. 3. Population ecology : what is a population, population structure, population dynamics and regulation, dispersal. 4. Community ecology : community structure, species richness and diversity, the bioidversity crisis. 5. Ecosystems : structure and energy flow, trophic network, nutrient cycling, climate change.

Learning outcomes of the course :
To understand regulation mechanisms of natural ressources with a perpsective of substainable management. After completing the course the student is expected to Provide a quantitative analysis of an ecological problem.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Main teaching Conferences
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
Ricklefs & Miller. 2005. ECOLOGIE. Edition De Boeck Université, Bruxelles. ISBN 2-7445_0145-X. Bibliothèque centrale. Ricklefs RE. 2007 The Economy of Nature - Fith edition. Freeman and Company, New York. ISBN 0-7167-7762-2.
The slideshows presented are made available through Blackboard.
Assessment methods and criteria :
January: Oral examination (100%)
September: Written examination (100%)
All the lectures an seminars are part of the matter for the examination.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Biodiversity and Landscape Unit Grégory Mahy g. 081 62 22 45 Arnaud Monty arnaud. 081 62 25 46