Course code ECOL110

ECOL110 Tropical Ecology and Biology

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Course responsible: Fred Midtgaard
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(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: Study year 2006-2007
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Ecological prosesses in different tropical ecosystems. Tropical plant- and animal adaptations and ecology. Population dynamics and natural selection, life history strategies, interactions, food webs, succession, diversity and landscape ecology. All themes will be with focus on tropical ecosystems.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: Give a basic understanding of ecological theory, and animal and plant diversity with focus on tropical ecosystems. The students get knowledge about the ecology of important tropical plant and animal groups and how evolutionary processes have resulted in their adaptations. The course also gives an overview of biogeographic regions and tropical ecosystems with examples from all of the tropics.

Skills: The course gives an understanding of both function and structure of tropical ecosystems as well as vulnerability for changes and of the interaction between humans and tropical ecosystems.

General competence: The course gives a basic knowledge for specialization in ecology, biology, and natural resource management, under tropical conditions.

Learning activities:
The course is based on lectures and DVDs that describe important habitats and processes. There are 3 tests through the semester and an individual report. Each of these contributes with 25% of the final grade.
Teaching support:
The teacher will be available for technical questions during office hours and on e-mail. Fronter is used to post lectures after the lectures.
The course will follow lectures based primarily on the book Tropical ecosystems and ecological concepts, Patrick L. Osborne. Cambridge University press. 2nd edition.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in 6 DVD-lectures
The exam consists of three tests given throughout the semester and an individual report. Each part counts 25% of the grade. All parts must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: ca. 85 hours. Own effort: ca. 215 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Overlap with BOT100, ZOOL100, ECOL100. Reduced study-points for students who have: BOT100: -1 credit, ZOOL100: -1 credit, ECOL100: -3 credits.
Type of course:
Lectures: ca. 50 hours. Lab work: ca. 20 hours. Colloquia: ca. 15 hours.
An examiner evaluates the organization of the examination.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått