Course code MINA300

MINA300 Biogeochemistry, Global Change

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Course responsible: Jan Mulder
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel, January block, Spring parallel, June block, .
Course frequency: This course is offered both in the spring and autumn parallell if the minimum amount of students register interest in advance. See note.
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course starts with the big-bang-theory, creation of stars, heavy elements, planets, the atmosphere, and life"s biogeochemical signatures on our planet. Further, we treat the climate system, the main biogeochemical element cycles, methods in biogeochemistry, isotope signatures and global changes. Important leitmotifs for the course are "the biosphere as a reactor in the climate system" and the "anthropogenic factor" now and in the future. A part of the course is dedicated to a presentation and discussion of ongoing climate research at IMV: - Fluxes of greenhouse gases between soil and atmosphere. - Turnover and losses of C and N from terrestrial ecosystems.
Learning outcome:
Knowledge of the processes and organisms which dominate and regulate the biogeochemical system. Understanding how and why the system is about to change, and the uncertainties involved. The students are trained in acquainting themselves with scientific debates/discussions of biogeochemistry and global change, and to be active in such debates by reading and using primary scientific literature in the seminars and semester assignments.
Learning activities:
The lectures and the textbook in biogeochemistry provides the core knowledge of facts, methods and concepts in biogeochemistry and analyses of global change.
Teaching support:
Continous individual supervision is available on the initiative of the students, either by personal contact during office hours or online.
W. H. Schlesinger: and E.S. Bernhardt 2013: Biogeochemistry-, aAn analysis of global change 3rd ed Academic Press. 672 pp..
Recommended prerequisites:
KJM210, KJB200, BIO232, JORD201. A reading list for the early part of the course will be recommended to students lacking the recommended prerequisites.
Mandatory activity:
A minimum attendance of 80%.
Final oral examination: 50%. Seminars: 50%. All parts must be passed.
Nominal workload:
Structured work and lectures: 30 hours. Preparation for literature seminars: 100 hours. Individual study: 170 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Presentation and discussions 30 hours

Biogeochemistry is an interdisciplinary subject, and this has implications for the teaching and learning. Our experience is that students with good knowledge and skills in one or two of the relevant subjects (microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, chemistry, geology etc) will appreciate a course in biogeochemistry as a great enlightenment and find inspiration to do the necessary supplementary reading.

This course is offered both in the spring and autumn parallell, if a minimum of 5 students register in advance. Due to planning of the course, all interested students must register interest by e-mail to by July 15 for the autumn parallell, and by December 15 for the spring parallell.

An external examiner will approve the course and participate in the assessment of the oral examination.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått