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ORI7271Ecological Modeling3+0+0ECTS:7.5
Year / SemesterSpring Semester
Level of CourseThird Cycle
Status Elective
DepartmentDEPARTMENT of FOREST ENGINEERING
Prerequisites and co-requisitesNone
Mode of DeliveryFace to face
Contact Hours14 weeks - 3 hours of lectures per week
LecturerProf. Dr. Ertuğrul BİLGİLİ
Co-LecturerNone
Language of instruction
Professional practise ( internship ) None
 
The aim of the course:
To acquaint students with the ecological modelling concept, modeling approaches and implications.
 
Programme OutcomesCTPOTOA
Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to :
PO - 1 : report on the concept of ecological modeling in forest ecosystems4,73,5,6,
PO - 2 : discuss modeling approaches and identify the key differences between them4,73,5,6,
PO - 3 : list the model development principles, define modeling terminology4,73,5,6,
PO - 4 : develop a flow chart of a dynamic process and develop a simple dynamic model to simulate it4,73,5,6,
PO - 5 : conduct sensitivity analyses and validate the models using independent data4,73,5,6,
PO - 6 : report and present model results4,73,5,6,
CTPO : Contribution to programme outcomes, TOA :Type of assessment (1: written exam, 2: Oral exam, 3: Homework assignment, 4: Laboratory exercise/exam, 5: Seminar / presentation, 6: Term paper), PO : Learning Outcome

 
Contents of the Course
Concept of ecological modelling, modelling approaches, model applications in forestry, model development, model development principles, bounding, parsimony, flow chart, sensitivity analysis, and verification in modelling.
 
Course Syllabus
 WeekSubjectRelated Notes / Files
 Week 1Modeling Theory and Modeling Practice
 Week 2Ecological Modeling as a Problem-Solving Process and Expectations for Ecological Models
 Week 3Types of Model
 Week 4Selection of Model Type
 Week 5Selection of Model Complexity and Structure
 Week 6Identifying the Functional Forms of Model Equations and Estimating The Parameters of The Model Equations
 Week 7Model validation, Verification and Sensitivity Analysis
 Week 8Mid-term exam
 Week 9Model Evaluation and Model Application
 Week 10The Modeling Process in Practice
 Week 11The Modeling Process in Practice
 Week 12Evaluation of Students project
 Week 13Evaluation of Students project
 Week 14Presentations of Students project
 Week 15Presentations of Students project
 Week 16End-of-term exam
 
Textbook / Material
1William E. Grant and Todd M. Swannack. 2008. Ecological Modeling: A Common-Sense Approach to Theory and Practice. Blackwell Publisihing. USA.
2William E. Grant and Todd M. Swannack. 2008. Ecological Modeling: A Common-Sense Approach to Theory and Practice. Blackwell Publisihing. USA.
 
Recommended Reading
1G. Bendoricchio (Editor), S.E. Jorgensen. 2001. Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling, Third Edition, Volume 21, Third Edition (Developments in Environmental Modelling). ELSEVIER Science, UK
2G. Bendoricchio (Editor), S.E. Jorgensen. 2001. Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling, Third Edition, Volume 21, Third Edition (Developments in Environmental Modelling). ELSEVIER Science, UK
 
Method of Assessment
Type of assessmentWeek NoDate

Duration (hours)Weight (%)

    

    

    

    

    

 
Student Work Load and its Distribution
Type of workDuration (hours pw)

No of weeks / Number of activity

Hours in total per term
Yüz yüze eğitim 3 14 42
Sınıf dışı çalışma 2 15 30
Arasınav için hazırlık 6 2 12
Arasınav 2 1 2
Uygulama 3 3 9
Ödev 10 7 70
Proje 3 5 15
Dönem sonu sınavı için hazırlık 15 2 30
Dönem sonu sınavı 2 1 2
Total work load212