Course code BOT230

BOT230 Plant Ecology and Diversity

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Course responsible: Gustaf Mikael Olsson
Teachers: Joachim Manfred Heun
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
A minimum of 5 students must sign up for the course in order for the course to be held.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel,
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2011H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Field demonstrations, field teaching, independent field work exercises, lectures, group discussions and oral presentations, and writing of an individual term paper.
Learning outcome:


The main goal of the course is to give solid knowledge about plant diversity, reproduction, nutrient uptake, life-history strategies, anti-herbivore defence, and population dynamics. A substantial part of the course takes place in the field and will thus give the student insights into the integration between ecological theory and field methodology.


Understanding of ecologic theory and mastering of different methods to study plant ecology and diversity. The student should also be able to write scientific reports and give oral presentations of such reports.

General competence

The course gives the student a good and strong base of knowledge which is useful in further studies in ecology and management of natural resources. Thiis competence is also relevant for further studies in other plant-related disciplines.

Learning activities:
Exercises and demonstrations in the field, seminars and in class oral presentation of results from the field-exercises, individual writing of a term-paper.
Teaching support:
The candidates\' learning can be supported by supervision during the field exercises and during the writing of the term paper.
Gurevitch, Scheiner, and Fox. The ecology of plants. Other selected literature. A high quality flora such as e.g. Lid: Norsk Flora- or Gyldendals Store Nordiske Flora is recommended strongly.
BOT100 and ECOL100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in exercises and in class presentation of results. Also the seminars are mandatory.
The examination consists of approval of field reports, result presentations, and seminar activity. In addition the candidate has to deliver an approved term paper. All parts must be approved to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
Structured lectures: 90 hours. The students" own contributions in the form of field work, field reports, reading and writing of a semester thesis etc.: 210 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Exercises and demonstrations in the field: 40 hours. Lectures: 10 hours. Seminars and in class presentation of results from the field-exercises: 40 hours.
Registration dead-line is May 1. Register to: A one-week field course in an alpine area is included in the August blokk.
An external examiner approves the evaluation system but does not evaluate the students' work.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått