Study Programmes 2017-2018
General ecology
Duration :
24h Th
Number of credits :
Bachelor in bioengineering2
Master in agroecology (120 ECTS)2
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
Learning unit 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 learning unit :
Identify the main components of biodiversity in a structured way and use adequately the specific vocabulary
Analyze the relationships between the different elements of the living communities and the biotope, in coherence with the functionning of ecosystems
Identify the main variables of a ecological system and develop quantification skills in the context of a sustainable management of biological resources
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: Written 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 23 86