41217 - General and Applied Ecology Modulübersicht

Module Number: 41217
Module Title:General and Applied Ecology
  Allgemeine und Angewandte Ökologie
Department: Faculty 2 - Environment and Natural Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Dr. Djoudi, El Aziz
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every winter semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:The Module General and Applied Ecology provides an overview of the basic and applied aspects of ecology.

The lectures provide a comprehensive overview of modern concepts of ecology including ecophysiology, population and community ecology. Ecological research further requires a fundamental understanding of sampling techniques and designs. Students will learn about
  • basic concepts of ecology
  • analyses of simple and more complex ecological data
  • the diversity of ecosystems and organisms
  • contemporary challenges in ecology
  • basic concepts of study design
  • sampling techniques
  • What is ecology?
  • Organisms in the environment
  • Ecophysiology
  • Population ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Understanding biodiversity
  • Analysing ecological data
  • Describing spatial distributions
  • Macroecology
  • Study design & hypothesis testing
  • Sampling organisms
Recommended Prerequisites:Bachelor Module 41102 Ecology, 12954 Biostatistics, 41106 Biology
Mandatory Prerequisites:None
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Self organised studies / 120 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:The class is organized as lectures complemented by discussions and individual contributions. All slides and schedules are available in Moodle. Self-organized work, in particular independent acquisition of relevant ecological information, is required.
Begon, M., Townsend, C.R. & Harper, J.L. 2006. Ecology: from individuals to ecosystems. Blackwell Publ.
Townsend, C.R., Begon, M. & Harper, J.L. 2008. Essentials of ecology. Blackwell Publ.
Southwood, T. R. 1994. Ecological methods. Chapman & Hall
MacGarigal, K., Cushman, S. & Stafford, S. 2000 Multivariate statistics for wildlife and ecology research. Springer
Zuur, A.F., Ieno, E.N. & Smith, G.M. 2007 Analysing ecological data. Springer
Scheiner, S.M. 2001 Design and analysis of ecological experiments. Oxford Univ. Press
Quinn, G.P. & Keough, M.J. 2002 Experimental design and data analysis for biologists. Cambridge Univ. Press
Jorgensen - Encyclopedia of Ecology
Levin - Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
Levin – The Princeton Guide to Ecology
Pla - Quantifying Functional Biodiversity
Adams – Species Richness
Module Examination:Final Module Examination (MAP)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:Written exam at the end of the lecture period (120 min.)
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Architektur / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Environmental and Resource Management / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2011 - 2. SÄ 2017
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2021
  • Master (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2021
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) / Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen / PO 2008
  • Abschluss im Ausland / World Heritage Studies / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / World Heritage Studies / PO 2008 - 4. SÄ 2017
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / World Heritage Studies / PO 2021
Remarks:Complementary module WHS
Module Components:
  • 240745 Lecture/Seminar Fundamentals of Ecology
  • 240746 Lecture/Seminar Ecological Methods and Models
Components to be offered in the Current Semester: