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
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
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.
After completing the course, students will possess conceptual and basic knowledge on a variety of ecological topics:
- Evolution and natural selection
- 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
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
Students can contact the teacher with questions.
Hestmark, G. 2018. Hva er ØKOLOGI. Universitetsforlaget, and additional literature made available by the teacher.
Written exam: 3 hours (multiple choice).
Structured teaching: 25 hours. The students own effort: preparation for lectures, reading: ca. 100 hours.
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