Course code ECOL310

ECOL310 Global Change Ecology

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Course responsible: Gustaf Mikael Olsson
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Preferential right:
Students who has the course compulsory (M-ECOL). Then students enrolled in a relevant master program (M-NF, M-MILJØ, M-SF, M-BIOL)
Course contents:
The course explores the effects of global change on organisms, ecosystems, and ecological processes. Upon completion, students will have a deep understanding of the different components of global change, including land use change, climate change, nutrient cycling, pollution, invasive species and the methodologies used to study them.
Learning outcome:


Students will gain an understanding of the effects of global change on individuals, populations, communities, ecological processes and ecosystem function. In addition, students will learn different methods to study the effects of global change.


Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to:

Read and understand scientific literature

Synthesize complex ecological knowledge in a written and oral format

Think critically about scientific research in the field of global change

General competence

The course gives the student the ability to understand and evaluate the effects of humans on ecological processes and ecosystems. Students will gain specific knowledge in different methods used in global change research. This competence will build the foundation for future work in the field of ecology, natural resource management, and policy regarding the use and protection of ecosystems.

Learning activities:
Lectures and group discussions.
Teaching support:
Teachers are available for questions during lecture and group discussions.
The syllabus is based on original scientific articles and will be published on Canvas
ECOL200, or equal competence in general ecology
Recommended prerequisites:
It is recommended that students take BOT100, BOT130, ZOOL100 and ECOL200 prior to taking this course. However, ECOL310 is open to motivated students with a basic understanding of biology, the natural world, and scientific principles.
Mandatory activity:
First lecture, written reports and participation in group discussions.
An oral examination (30 min) at the end of the course accounts for 60% of the course grade. The quality of the written reports, and the candidates  performance in the group discussions accounts for 40% of the course grade. Here is the quality of the written reports of most importance. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 10 hours. Group discussions: 20 hours. Reading of scientific articles, preparation for group discussions, and reading for exam: 95 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 10 hours. Seminars and discussion groups: 20 hours.
Students that are not able to register for exam in the course can meet at the first lecture. Free seats will be distributed after the first lecture.
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: Combined assessment: Letter grades