ECOL310 Global Change Ecology
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Course responsible: Gustaf Mikael Olsson
Teachers: Erik Trond Aschehoug
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Students who has the course compulsory.
The course consists of 10 different topics. Each topic is introduced through an introductory lecture. The candidates then independently read two original, scientific publications on the topic, and every candidate must submit a written report for each of the scientific publications. The contents of the works are presented and discussed in a seminar. The candidates will have the main responsibility for this presentation.
Students will have good knowledge of cutting-edge research on global changes and their influence on various organisms and ecosystems. In addition, the students will have an understanding of the complexity and functions of ecosystems. The course will also provide the students with good knowledge of the scientific publishing process and ability to study original scientific publications.
The candidate will be able to synthesise and acquire information from scientific publications and be able to communicate this material orally. The candidate should have good skills in the application of the subjects, ideas and methods, as well as in analysis and interpretation of results.
The course seeks to develop the candidate"s ability to understand and evaluate the complexity and diversity of nature. Special emphasis will be placed on illuminating the significance of interaction between organisms, and between organisms and their environments. Ethical aims are to convey humility towards organisms" ability to survive and reproduce under harsh environmental conditions.
Lectures to introduce different aspects of global change ecology, seminars and group-discussions where the teacher is present, independent reading, and independent work in the form of writing reports on original scientific publications.
The candidate\'s learning can be supported through academic guidance during the teacher\'s office hours.
Recent original scientific publications (20 articles in total).
BOT100, BOT130, ZOOL100 and ECOL200.
Oral presentation of scientific original publications, written reports and participation in seminars.
An oral examination (30 min) at the end of the course accounts for 3/5 of the course grade. The performance, as regards to the presentation and discussion of original scientific publications, accounts for 2/5 of the course grade. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Lectures: 10 hours. Seminars: 20 hours. Preparation for presentations, seminars and exam: 270 hours.
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Lectures: 1 hour per week for 10 weeks = 10 hours. Seminars and discussion groups = 20 hours.
Quality assurance of the course by the use of an external examiner with good knowledge of the level of the subject at national as well as international teaching institutions.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F