Course code ECOL201

ECOL201 Ecology Essay

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Course responsible: Claire Celine Devos, Rieke Lo Madsen
Teachers: Torbjørn Haugaasen
ECTS credits: 5
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 is a semester-long, semi-independent course in which students write a scientific review paper on a topic of their choice in ecology. In this class, students will gain skills in literature search, scientific literature reading and comprehension, and writing in a scientific style. For students who will do a master’s degree in Ecology or Natural resource management, Ecology 201 is an opportunity to explore and write about potential thesis topics.
Learning outcome:


Students will gain a complete understanding of how to write a scientific review paper from existing scientific literature. In addition, students will gain specific knowledge on a topic in ecology, including previous research studies and methods.


After the course, students will have the skills necessary to:

Perform searches for scientific journal articles using Google Scholar and Web of Science

Read and understand scientific literature

Write in a scientific style

Assemble a scientific paper following journal guidelines

Use EndNote to organize literature and format references and citations


The course will develop the student’s ability to read, understand and synthesize scientific literature in ecology. In addition, students will expand their understanding of the natural world, ecological processes, and ecosystems. This competence will serve as the basis for writing scientific documents in the future, such as master’s and Ph.D. theses.

Learning activities:
Lectures, optional work sessions and semi-independent study resulting in the completion of a scientific review article.
Teaching support:
Students can get guidance and ask questions during weekly work sessions or lectures during the semester.
The syllabus will be published in Canvas
Basic knowledge in ecology
Recommended prerequisites:
It is recommended that students take ECOL100 or ECOL200, BOT100, and ZOOL100 prior to ECOL201. However, the course is open to motivated students interested in ecology and with a basic background in biology and scientific principles.
Mandatory activity:
Students must sign a plagiarism agreement, have their topic approved, and complete assignments.
The course evaluation is based on one independent work (semester assignment).
Nominal workload:
Lectures ca 5 hours. Work on the semester assignment ca 120 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Introductory lecture (1 hour); additional lectures (ca. 4hrs) and optional organized group work time (ca 10 hrs) during the semester. Students work on the semester assignment: 120 hours.
Quality assurance by the use of an external examiner who has experience with the subject at the level of NMBU as well as at other national teaching institutions.
Examination details: Term paper: Passed / Not Passed