Golden Gate Colleges

Batangas City

Course Code Course Title Pre-requesite Credit Units Semester/Summer SY : : : : : CCS4 Ecology none 3 1st Sem

Course Description : This is a one semester introduction to ecological concepts and principles. This course includes a discussion of all factors that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms. We examine both biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) elements of the environment that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms. Population, community, and ecosystem level ecology are discussed, especially in light of man's influence on nature and nature's influence on man. Course Objectives : There are three broad goals for this course. 1. Improve ecological literacy by learning the basic facts, principles and concepts of the field of ecology 2. Improve scientific literacy by learning how ecologists construct knowledge 3. Improve analytical and writing skills through analysis and interpretation of ecological data Specific Objectives : 1. explain the ecological principles that pertain to individual organisms, to populations of organisms, and to ecosystems. 2. discuss the factors that impinge on natural populations, including human impact. 3. identify the ecological factors that are relevant to a threatened species 4. suggest how to carry out an ecological research project to find the answers to the future of a specific population Medium of Instruction: Methodology: English Lecture which, includes the use of traditional and non-traditional (computer,IT) ways of teaching.

Course Content The Scope of Ecology Ecology and the Other Sciences The Subdivision of Ecology Principles and Concepts Pertaining to Ecosystem The Concepts of Ecosystem Biological Control Production and Decomposition in Nature Homeostasis Energy in Ecological Systems Concepts of Energy Concepts of Productivity Food Chains, Food Web, and Trophic Levels

Week 1

Date June 15-18,2010

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5 Principles Pertaining to Limiting Factors Liebig's Law of the Minimum Shelford's Law of Tolerance Organization at the Community Level The Biotic Community Concept Species Diversity in Communities Organization at the Population Level Natality Mortality 9 Types of Ecological Interactions Negative Interactions:Predation,Parasitism Positive Interactions:Commensalism,Cooperation,Mutualism The Habitat and Ecological Niche Biological Clocks Development and Evolution of the Ecosystem Concept of Climax Evolution of the Ecosystem Coevolution 18 References: 12 12 13 14 15 16 17 8 7 6

Prelim July 15 & 15

Midterm Aug17-19

Semi-F Sept.15-16

Finals Oct.18-20

Molles, Manuel C.Jr. Ecology:Concepts and Applications 3rd Edition,McGraw-Hill Co. 2006 Odum, Eugene P., Fundamentals of Ecology 3rd Edition, W.B.Saunders Company, 1971 Prepared by: RODEL M.CATAJAY Science Instructor

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