M.Sc. Zoology – 1st Semester
By: Prof. Harjeet Kaur
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Lecture: Class Address
Lecture 1 – Introduction: Definition, subdivision & scope of ecology
Lecture 2 – Abiotic Factor: Temperature
Lecture 3 – Abiotic Factor: Light
Lecture 4 – Abiotic Factor: Soil
Lecture 5 – Principles of limiting factors : Liebig’s law of minimum, Shelfords law of
tolerance and the combined concept of limiting factors
Lecture 6 – Ecosystem : Definition, components
Lecture 7 – Ecosystem : Food chain & food web.
Lecture 8 – Ecosystem : Energy flow through ecosystem
Lecture 9 – Ecosystem : Ecological Pyramids
Lecture 10 – Ecosystem: Major Ecosystems of the world
Lecture 11 – Biogeochemical Cycles : Introduction
Lecture 12 – Biogeochemical Cycles : Gaseous Cycles
Lecture 13 – Biogeochemical Cycles : Sedimentary Cycles
Lecture 14 – Population
Lecture 15 – Biotic community : Characteristics of biotic community, ecological niche
Lecture 16 – Ecological succession : Definition, types of succession
Lecture 17 – Ecological succession : Xerarch & Hydrarch concept of climax community
Lecture 18 – Theories of succession
Lecture 19 – Ecological Adaptations : Desert, aerial, fusorial and aquatic adaptations in
Lecture 20 – Feeding
Lecture 21 – Learning, reasoning, instinctive and motivative behaviour.
Lecture 22 – Social behavior of animals
Lecture 23 – Sexual behaviour of animals
Lecture 24 – Circadian rhythms
Lecture 25 – Mimicry and Protective colouration: Introduction
Lecture 26 – Mimicry and Protective colouration : Types of mimicry
Lecture 27 – Migration of Fishes
Lecture 28 – Migration of Birds
Lecture 29 – Parental care
Lecture 30 – Intra and interspecific relationships.