University of Liege | Version française
Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 18/12/2014
ENVT2044-1  General ecology

Duration :  28h Th, 20h Pr
Number of credits :  
Bachelor in bioengineering, 3rd year4
One-year preliminary programme leading to the Master in Bioengineering4
Lecturer :  Grégory Mahy, Arnaud Monty
Coordinator :  Grégory Mahy
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
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.
PRACTICALS : Experiments .
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.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Botany
Zoology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Main teaching Conferences Practical work : experiments
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Lectures : 28h Practical Works : 6h + personnal work
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.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Group report (35%) Oral examination (65%)
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Biodiversity and Landscape Unit Grégory Mahy g. mahy@ulg.ac.be 081 62 22 45 Arnaud Monty arnaud. monty@ulg.ac.be 081 62 25 46



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