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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

The subject complements the contents developed in the course "Ecology" (4th semester) and, along with it, provides essential ecological foundations for environmental education and training of graduate students in Biology. The subject provides an integrated perspective of the functioning of biological systems. Its contents will form the basis for subsequent courses of environmental content, specifically for "Modelling of ecological systems" and "Methods in biodiversity" (6th semester), and other subjects within the itinerary "Environmental Biology". The contents of the subject and the competences that the subject contributes to develop are essential for the development of the environmental professional profile, especially in the field of ecological and environmental assessment and management, as well as in restoration and conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity; besides, the subject contributes to ecological training and basic knowledge on the functioning of the planet Earth and its ecosystems, which are crucial in the education of graduates in Biology.
Given the synthetic and inclusive nature of Ecology, the subject is based on knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses as "Biology", "Geology", "Statistics", "Genetics", "Biochemistry I and II", "Zoology I and II", "Botany", " Microbiology", "Plant biodiversity" and "Plant Physiology ", and especially in the transdisciplinary course "Introduction to research in Biology".



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences:>>Theoretical

  • CE10 : Understand the fundamentals of the regulation of vital functions of organisms through internal and external factors and identify mechanisms for adapting to the environment.
  • CE23 : Analyse the components of the physical environment: hydric, atmospheric and terrestrial and their relationship with the biotic environment.
  • CE24 : Acquire the basic knowledge to analyse the structure and dynamics of populations.
  • CE25 : Relate the different interactions between species in the working of ecosystems.
  • CE26 : Acquire the basic knowledge to analyse the structure and dynamics of communities.
  • CE3 : Understand and apply mathematical and statistical methods for validating models from experimental data applied to Biology.
  • CE7 : Understand evolutionary mechanisms and models.
  • CE9 : Identify organisms and interpret the diversity of species in the environment, as well as their origin, evolution and behaviour.


Specific Competences:>>Ability

  • CE31 : Recognise and implement good scientific practices for measurement and experimentation.
  • CE34 : Plan, design and execute practical research studies, evaluating the results.
  • CE35 : Interpret data gathered from observation and measurement in the laboratory and the field.
  • CE47 : Characterise, manage, conserve and restore populations, communities and ecosystems.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

Properly use techniques of analysis of ecological data and of representation and interpretation of research results in Ecology.
Understand the structure and dynamics of populations and communities and the basic methods for their characterization
Know the variety of types of interactions between species and understand their interaction mechanisms and the implications of species interactions for community assembly and structure.
Understand the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Apply ecological theory in the design of conservation measures and management of populations and communities.




Code: 26531
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,08
Practical credits: 1,32
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

  • Dept: ECOLOGY
    Area: ECOLOGY
    Theoretical credits: 1,08
    Practical credits: 1,32
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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