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1. General information
Course:
FIRE ECOLOGY
Code:
37333
Type:
ELECTIVE
ECTS credits:
4.5
Degree:
340 - UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMME IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Academic year:
2021-22
Center:
501 - FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Group(s):
40 
Year:
4
Duration:
First quarter
Main language:
Spanish
Second language:
English
Use of additional languages:
English Friendly:
Y
Web site:
Bilingual:
N
Lecturer: MARIA BELEN HINOJOSA CENTENO - Group(s): 40 
Building/Office
Department
Phone number
Email
Office hours
Sabatini/0.36
CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
5470
mariabelen.hinojosa@uclm.es

Lecturer: ANTONIO PARRA DE LA TORRE - Group(s): 40 
Building/Office
Department
Phone number
Email
Office hours
ICAM/0.26
CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
5432
antonio.parra@uclm.es

Lecturer: IVAN TORRES GALAN - Group(s): 40 
Building/Office
Department
Phone number
Email
Office hours
Sabatini/0.35
CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
5472
ivan.torres@uclm.es
monday to thursday, 11:00 to 14:00 (contact by e-mail beforehand)

2. Pre-Requisites
Not established
3. Justification in the curriculum, relation to other subjects and to the profession
Not established
4. Degree competences achieved in this course
Course competences
Code Description
CB02 Apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional manner and show that they have the competences to construct and justify arguments and solve problems within their subject area.
CB03 Be able to gather and process relevant information (usually within their subject area) to give opinions, including reflections on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
CB04 Transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions for both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
E01 Ability to understand and apply basic knowledge.
E02 Capacity for multidisciplinary consideration of an environmental problem
E03 Awareness of the temporal and spatial dimensions of environmental processes
E04 Ability to integrate experimental evidence found in field and/or laboratory studies with theoretical knowledge.
E05 Capacity for qualitative data interpretation
E06 Capacity for quantitative data interpretation
E07 Capacity to plan, manage and conserve natural resources
E12 Ability to manage Geographic Information Systems
E13 Ability to handle software.
E18 Capacity to manage the natural environment
E20 Capacity to plan and carry out actions to restore the natural environment
G01 Proficiency in a second foreign language at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
G02 Knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
G03 Good oral and written communication
5. Objectives or Learning Outcomes
Course learning outcomes
Description
Know the techniques and measures for fire prevention and firefighting.
Understand the phenomenon of forest fires, their global significance and their role in ecosystems.
Understand the responses of organisms, ecosystems and landscapes to fire.
Acquire basic criteria and techniques useful for the management of ecosystems affected by fires.
Understand the physical and chemical processes of the combustion phenomenon.
Know the risk factors that determine the occurrence of fires.
Additional outcomes
Not established.
6. Units / Contents
  • Unit 1: Introduction
    • Unit 1.1: Fire as a disturbance
    • Unit 1.2: The role of fire in mediterranean ecosystems
  • Unit 2: The phenomenon of fire
    • Unit 2.1: Drivers of fire risk and fire occurrence
    • Unit 2.2: Physics and Chemistry of combustion
    • Unit 2.3: Fire fuels
    • Unit 2.4: Fire behaviour and modelling. Fighting wildfires
  • Unit 3: Impacts of fire on living organisms
    • Unit 3.1: Plants and their response to fire
    • Unit 3.2: Ecophysiology of plants and fire
    • Unit 3.3: Plants and the fire regime
    • Unit 3.4: Plant communities and fire
    • Unit 3.5: Effects of fire on animals
  • Unit 4: Other impacts of fire, fire management, restoration of burned ecosystems
    • Unit 4.1: Effects of fire on soil and water
    • Unit 4.2: Fire management. The restoration of burned ecosystems
7. Activities, Units/Modules and Methodology
Training Activity Methodology Related Competences ECTS Hours As Com Description
Class Attendance (theory) [ON-SITE] Lectures E01 E02 E03 E07 E18 E20 G01 0.8 20 N N Master classes
Study and Exam Preparation [OFF-SITE] Self-study CB03 E01 E02 E03 E05 E06 G01 1 25 N N
Workshops or seminars [ON-SITE] Cooperative / Collaborative Learning CB02 CB04 E13 E20 G01 G02 G03 0.28 7 Y Y work assignments on selected topics
Other off-site activity [OFF-SITE] Self-study CB03 E01 E02 E03 E05 E06 E20 G01 G02 G03 0.8 20 N N time dedicated to do the work assignments
Class Attendance (practical) [ON-SITE] Practical or hands-on activities CB03 E01 E02 E03 E04 E05 E06 E07 E12 E13 E18 0.6 15 Y Y Laboratory and field work. Attendance is compulsory
Practicum and practical activities report writing or preparation [OFF-SITE] Self-study CB02 CB03 CB04 E01 E02 E03 E04 E05 E06 E12 E13 G03 0.9 22.5 Y Y writing of lab and field work reports
Progress test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests CB03 E01 E02 E03 E05 E06 E20 G03 0.04 1 Y N mid-semester progress test. If passed, the topics will not be examined again in the final test
Final test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests CB03 E01 E02 E03 E05 E06 E20 G03 0.08 2 Y Y Final test
Total: 4.5 112.5
Total credits of in-class work: 1.8 Total class time hours: 45
Total credits of out of class work: 2.7 Total hours of out of class work: 67.5

As: Assessable training activity
Com: Training activity of compulsory overcoming (It will be essential to overcome both continuous and non-continuous assessment).

8. Evaluation criteria and Grading System
Evaluation System Continuous assessment Non-continuous evaluation * Description
Practicum and practical activities reports assessment 25.00% 25.00% Evaluation of lab and field work report. It can be presented either in spanish or english
Final test 55.00% 75.00% Mid-term and final test results.
Other methods of assessment 20.00% 0.00% Evaluation of work assignments
Total: 100.00% 100.00%  
According to art. 6 of the UCLM Student Evaluation Regulations, it must be provided to students who cannot regularly attend face-to-face training activities the passing of the subject, having the right (art. 13.2) to be globally graded, in 2 annual calls per subject , an ordinary and an extraordinary one (evaluating 100% of the competences).

Evaluation criteria for the final exam:
  • Continuous assessment:
    Students who pass the mid-term test with at least 4 points (out of 10) will only have to be tested for the contents of the second half of the semester in the final test.
    All evaluation activities must be passed independently with at least 4 points (out of 10). Nevertheless, students will only pass if their final mark is over 5 points, averaged over all activities according the weights in the table above.
  • Non-continuous evaluation:
    Ony the final test (75%) and lab/field report (25%) will be considered.
    All evaluation activities must be passed independently with at least 4 points (out of 10). Nevertheless, students will only pass if their final mark is over 5 points, averaged over all activities according the weights in the table above.

Specifications for the resit/retake exam:
Those evaluation activities that were not passed (less than 4 points) will be evaluated again. The final mark must be 5 or higher.
Specifications for the second resit / retake exam:
Those evaluation activities that were not passed (less than 4 points) will be evaluated again. The final mark must be 5 or higher.
9. Assignments, course calendar and important dates
Not related to the syllabus/contents
Hours hours
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 25
Workshops or seminars [PRESENCIAL][Cooperative / Collaborative Learning] 7
Other off-site activity [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 20
Class Attendance (practical) [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 15
Practicum and practical activities report writing or preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 22.5
Progress test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 1
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 2

Unit 1 (de 4): Introduction
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 2

Unit 2 (de 4): The phenomenon of fire
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 7

Unit 3 (de 4): Impacts of fire on living organisms
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 8

Unit 4 (de 4): Other impacts of fire, fire management, restoration of burned ecosystems
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 3

Global activity
Activities hours
10. Bibliography and Sources
Author(s) Title Book/Journal Citv Publishing house ISBN Year Description Link Catálogo biblioteca
 
 
Arnaldos, J., et al. Manual de ingeniería básica para la prevención y extinción de incendios forestales Mundi-Prensa 2004  
Bond, W.J. y Van Wilgen, B.W. Fire and Plants Springer 1996  
Keeley, J.E., et al. Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems Cambridge University Press 2012  
Pausas, J.G. Incendios Forestales, una introducción a la ecología del fuego CSIC 2012  
Vélez, R. La defensa contra incendios forestales: fundamentos y experiencias McGraw-Hill 2000  
Whelan, R.J. The Ecology of Fire Cambridge University Press 1995  



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