Course code LAA370

LAA370 Landscape Ecology

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Course responsible: Wenche Elisabet Dramstad
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max. 40, min. 10 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: The course is given every spring.
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:

Students will be introduced to landscape-ecological concepts through work with aerial photos and map data of real landscapes. They will learn about measuring and quantifying landscapes, how to define patches and quantify their characteristics such as size, shape, edge characteristics, pattern, connectedness etc.

Students will learn about the ecological effects of different landscape processes including fragmentation, changes in connectivity, heterogeneity, grain size, etc.

The role of landscape ecology in planning and management will be taught in seminars on the effects of landscape structure on populations and communities, barriers, corridors, fauna passages and the theory of metapopulations.

Early in the process, the students will start working on assignments that exemplify landscape-ecological concepts using specific examples related to the background theories and course literature.

Learning outcome:
Be able to undertake landscape-ecological analysis of mapped data or aerial photographs - be able to identify the types of habitat and species that are vulnerable to habitat fragmentation, be able to evaluate landscapes, to identify potential corridors and barriers to the movement of people and wildlife, be able to create solutions for landscape planning problems based on landscape ecological principles, be able to demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of generalising management solutions from one landscape to another.
Learning activities:
Students work individually and in groups on assignments of differing complexity and extent throughout the course. In addition there are weekly lectures and two full-day excursions. Students are expected to read scientific literature, and to present and discuss findings from the assignments.
Teaching support:
Supervision possible also outside lecturing hours if needed, but on appointment.
The curriculum will be announced at the beginning of the course.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
80 % attendance/participation. All hand-in assignments. Participation in both excursions.
  • Mini projects: Pass/fail.
  • Term paper
  • Oral exam in English

When deciding the grade, most emphasis will be placed on the term paper. The oral exam will mainly be used to adjust the grade.

Nominal workload:
75 hours of lectures and seminars, 105 hours of practical work (including computing), 120 hours of project work.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Type of course:
25 % lectures and seminars, 35 % self study, 40 % project work.
External examinor will read and assess term papers and participate in oral exam.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått