Course code ECOL100

ECOL100 Introductory Ecology

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Course responsible: Gustaf Mikael Olsson
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2005H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
This course introduces Bachelor students to the principles of ecology. The course explores a variety of central themes in ecology, such as evolution and natural selection, biogeography, life-history strategies, and interactions between organisms and their environment. This course is suited for all students seeking career paths that require a fundamental understanding of ecological principles, functioning, and the services ecosystems provide to humans. Successful participants will gain an essential basis for further, more advanced studies in ecology.
Learning outcome:

Learning outcome:

After completing the course, students will possess conceptual and basic knowledge on a variety of ecological topics:

  • Evolution and natural selection
  • Biogeography
  • Life-history strategies
  • Interaction between organisms (competition, predation, mutualism, reproduction) as well as interactions between organisms and their environment
  • Population dynamics, ecological communities, and food chains
  • Changes in community composition over time, succession
  • Ecosystem processes and services
  • Landscape and restauration ecology


Upon completion, the student will acquire the following skills:

  • Can critically consider and refer to a wide variety of ecological theories
  • Can reflect upon ecological problems and challenges
  • Can recognize, identify, and apply general ecological theory to scientific examples

General competence:

Candidates will gain or improve general competence regarding:

  • Insight in scientific theory, issues and challenges
  • Conveying scientific theory to others
  • Exchanging personal views (based upon scientific theory) with others inside and outside the same field of study
Learning activities:
Teaching support:
Students can contact the teacher with questions.
Hestmark, G. 2018. Hva er ØKOLOGI. Universitetsforlaget, and additional literature made available by the teacher.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Written exam: 3 hours (multiple choice).
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: 25 hours. The students own effort: preparation for lectures, reading: ca. 100 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Lectures: 25 hours.
An examiner is used for approving the examination questions.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / F