Course code ECOL200

ECOL200 General Ecology

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Course responsible: Erik Trond Aschehoug
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, 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: Study year 2005-2006
Preferential right:
Course contents:
This course will give students an in-depth understanding of how organisms interact with one another and their environment at the level of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Upon completion, students will be ecologically literate and prepared to engage in ecology as scientists, land managers, and policy interested citizens.
Learning outcome:


Students will gain an understanding of empirical and theoretical ecology, including knowledge of various processes within ecology, such as natural selection, population dynamics, community ecology, trophic interactions, biogeography, and the effects of humans on ecosystems.


Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to:

Read and interpret scientific figures, graphs and charts

Develop basic research experiments to test ideas in ecology

Think critically about scientific research within the field of ecology


The course will give students an in-depth understanding of the theoretical, practical, and mathematical aspects of ecology, including the effects of humans on ecosystems. This competence will create a foundation for future work in the field of ecology, natural resource management, and civil discourse on policy affecting ecosystems.

Learning activities:
Lectures and group discussions.
Teaching support:
Teachers are available for questions during lectures and bi-weekly group work sessions
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Recommended prerequisites:
It is recommended that students have taken MATH100, STAT100, BOT100 and ZOOL100. However, this course is open to motivated students with a basic understanding of biology/ecology and the natural world.
Mandatory activity:
Students are required to work in groups on weekly assignments.
Portfolio assessment that consists of three, two-hour written assignments that are completed during the course.
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: 80 hours. The students' own effort: ca. 170 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks. Group discussions: 4 hours per week for 13 weeks.
Students that wish to take the course again for a grade are required to complete both the obligatory activities and the folder assessment.
Quality assurance by the use of an external examiner with experience with the subject at the level of NMBU as well as at other national teaching institutions.
Examination details: Portfolio assessment: Passed / Not Passed