Course code ECOL200

ECOL200 General Ecology

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Course responsible: Gustaf Mikael Olsson
Teachers: Jon Eugene Swenson
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Ecology 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: 2005H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course is presented through lectures that thematically describe different subject fields. The lectures will to a large extent be based on Scandinavian examples from our own research activity. The candidates will read and study the syllabus through independent work, colloquia, and laboratory experiment with writing of report.
Learning outcome:


An understanding of empirical and theoretical ecology. Good knowledge of various life-history strategies. Knowledge of the history of science in ecology and an understanding of the problems in the science of ecology, for instance to understand why ecology is a difficult subject.


The candidate should acquire good skills in the application of ideas and methodology in the subject field of ecology. The candidate should become skilled in critical thinking, and in gathering and analysing information.

General competence

The course seeks to develop the candidate"s ability to understand and evaluate the structure and functions of ecosystems. The ethical aims are to show that ecology as an academic subject is value-neutral, as well as give an understanding of the diversity of life forms that represent different solutions to the challenges of life.

Learning activities:
Group discussions, oral presentations, lectures, seminars, and laboratory experiment with written report.
Krebs, C.J. 2009. Ecology (sixth edition).
ECOL100/ECOL110, BOT100 and ZOOL100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory experiment with written report
Written examination (3 hours) at the end of the course.
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: 46 hours. The students" own effort: reports and studying for exams: ca. 260 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 4 hours per week for 10 weeks = 40 hours. Laboratory experiment 6 hours, colloquia 4 hours, and seminar 2 hours.
Quality assurance by the use of an external examiner with long experience with the level of the subject at UMB as well as at other national teaching institutions.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written test: A - E / Ikke bestått