Course code ECOL201

ECOL201 Ecology Essay

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Course responsible: Ørjan Totland
Teachers: Jon Eugene Swenson
ECTS credits: 5
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:
Independent study.
Learning outcome:


Comprehensive knowledge of a self-elected topic in ecology. The course offers a large amount of freedom of choice when it comes to topic and scientific profile, and the student will be given a good opportunity to write an essay with his or her own personal preferences as basis. The course will give an understanding of empirical and theoretical ecology.


The candidate should gain skills related to literature search, the reading of original scientific works and written scientific presentation. The candidate should also acquire good skills in the application of ideas and methodology in the subject field of ecology.

General competence

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

Learning activities:
Independent study which will result in a written semester assignment.
Scientific original work and other information, dependent on the academic profile of the assignment.
ECOL100/ECOL110, BOT100 and ZOOL100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The course´s evaluation is based on one independent work (semester assignment).
Nominal workload:
Introductory lecture: 2 hours. The students" work on the semester assignment: 148 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Introductory lecture of 2 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: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått