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2021/2022

6EV310 Concepts in ecology

Læringsutbytte

Learning outcomes

A student with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcome:

Knowledge:

Student

  • has a broad understanding of central concepts in ecological theory, with emphasis on evolution, behavioural ecology, population biology and community ecology.

Skills:

Student

  • is familiar with the process of reading, understanding and writing scientific literature.

General competence:

Student

  • is able to evaluate ecological research.
  • is able to communicate and participate in discussions on the application of ecological theory in practical conservation and management.

Innhold

Course content

Central topics in ecological theory, with focus on evolution, behavioural ecology, population biology and community ecology. Extensive training in analyzing research publications and reports, and critically reviewing the aim, methods and conclusions.  Thereby learning the process of scientific writing. The students will be introduced to study design and learn how to analyse and discuss data from ecological studies by producing two shared reports with the course in Study design and statistical modelling. This course establishes the basis needed for the subsequent course Human impacts on ecological systems.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, seminars and exercises. Some exercises will be given in combination with the course Study design and statistical modelling. The introduction and discussion part of these reports from these exercises counts for the course Consepts in ecology. The methods and results counts for the course Study design and statistical modelling. Seminars will include presentations and discussions by student groups.

Eksamen

Examination

  • Two written reports (count 20% each)
  • Individual written exam (60%).

Grading according to ECTS-system on scale A-E for passed and F for failed. Both exams must be passed in order to pass the course.