41102 - Ecology Modulübersicht

Module Number: 41102
Module Title:Ecology
  Ökologie
Department: Faculty 2 - Environment and Natural Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Birkhofer, Klaus
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every summer semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:Overall
Students will be able to understand ecological principles and functioning of ecosystems and to apply them to different ecosystems. The connection between ecosystem integrity, ecosystem functions and resource management will be understood.

Part "Terrestrial Ecology"
The objective is to outline the fundamentals of ecology, including biodiversity-ecosystem function research in terrestrial ecosystems with a focus on conservation and resource management. Students will gain knowledge about biodiversity as a basic ecological concept, and will be able to understand the different dimensions of biodiversity when focusing on the protection and management of ecosystems. Students will learn about:
  • Ecophysiology & Population Ecology
  • The different dimensions of biological diversity and their applied role in conservation and ecosystem management
  • The role of diversity in ecosystem stability and ecosystem functioning
  • The ethical and economic justifications of biodiversity protection and related management strategies

Part "Aquatic Ecology"
Students will understand drivers of freshwater evolution and the variability of freshwater ecosystems. They will obtain knowledge on freshwaterecology, principle functioning of lakes and running waters as well as their role in biogeochemical cycling of landscapes. The connection between freshwater organisms and ecosystem services will be understood. Students will be able to apply general principles of ecology to aquatic ecosystems. They can evaluate the consequences of impacts to aquatic organisms and ecosystem functioning and services.
Contents:Part "Terrestrial Ecology"
  • Definitions & measures of biodiversity
  • The importance of biodiversity for human well-being
  • Management approaches for biodiversity conservation
Part “Aquatic Ecology”
  • Running water ecosystems: variability, characteristics and functioning, connected functional compartments, 
  • Ecosystem engineers, key species, ecosystem services and relation to freshwater management. 
  • Ponds, Lakes and reservoirs: genesis and typology,  physical and chemical properties and biogeochemistry of water and sediment, habitats and organisms
Recommended Prerequisites:Biology, Chemistry, Statistics
Mandatory Prerequisites:None
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 4 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Consultation / 20 Hours
  • Self organised studies / 100 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:Part "Terrestrial Ecology"
  • Lecture slides (in Moodle)
Recommended readings:
Levin - Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (e-book)
Jorgensen - Encyclopedia of Ecology (e-book available)
Schowalter – Insect Ecology (e-book available)
Coleman - Fundamentals of Soil Ecology (e-book available)
Van Dyke – Conservation Biology (e-book available)

Part "Aquatic Ecology "
  • Lecture slides, links to video clips, additional readings, script of lecture and catalogue of questions to support self-organized work and preparation for the exam will be provided in Moodle
Recommended readings: 
Dodds, Whiles – Freshwater Ecology (e-book available)
Module Examination:Final Module Examination (MAP)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:Written exam at the end of the lecture period (120 min.) covering both parts of the module. Each part (LE Terrestrial Ecology & LE Aquatic Ecology) contributes 50% to the total number of achievable points.
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Architektur / keine PO
  • Bachelor (research-oriented) / Energietechnik und Energiewirtschaft / PO 2021
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Environmental and Resource Management / keine PO
  • Bachelor (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2015 - 3. SÄ 2017
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Maschinenbau / keine PO
  • Bachelor (research-oriented) / Umweltingenieurwesen / PO 2021
  • Abschluss im Ausland / World Heritage Studies / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) / World Heritage Studies / PO 2008 - NF 2021
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / World Heritage Studies / PO 2008 - 4. SÄ 2017
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / World Heritage Studies / PO 2021
Remarks:
Module Components:
  • 240537 Lecture Aquatic Ecology 
  • 240731 Lecture Terrestrial Ecology
  • 240766 Examination Ecology
Components to be offered in the Current Semester: