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:
The course is presented through lectures that thematically describe different subjects within ecology. The lectures will to a large extent be based on scientific papers on central ecological processes. In addition, qollokvia are used to support the learning process.
Learning outcome:


An understanding of empirical and theoretical ecology. Good knowledge of various processes within ecology, such as natural selection, popualtion dynamics, community ecology, trophic interactions, and biogeography.


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 analyzing 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 environmental challenges.

Learning activities:
Lectures and group discussions.
Teaching support:
The students learning can be supported by discussions with teachers during office hours.
Text-book: Ecology, third edition, (Cain, Bowman and Hacker) + collection of scientific papers
ECOL100, BOT100 and ZOOL100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation on group assignments.

Assessment is continuous with weekly group assignments (counts 15%) and a three-hour written final exam (counts 85%) at the end of the course. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.

Students must complete both the weekly assignments and the final exam when retaking the course.

Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: 50 hours. The students" own effort: ca. 250 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks = 26 hours. Group discussions: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks = 26 hours
Quality assurance by the use of an external examiner with long experience with the level of the subject at NMBU as well as at other national teaching institutions.
Examination details: :