Course code MINA302

MINA302 Introduction to the master study in Environment and Natural Resources

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2019 - 2020 .

Course responsible: Peter Christian Dörsch
Teachers: Trygve Fredriksen, Mina Marthinsen Langfjord, Hans-Christian Teien, Jan Mulder, Per-Fredrik Rønneberg Nordhov, Jan Elbertus Vermaat, Deborah Helen Oughton
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
27
Teaching exam periods:
August block with evaluation in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Anually
First time: Study year 2019-2020
Preferential right:
M-MINA, M-RAD
Course contents:
The course starts with general lectures and group work for the term papers. Lectures will focus on history and methods of environmental sciences and their role in the society (nationally and internationally); students will be given the possibility to elaborate on selected topics in groups and plenum. The overarching goal is to raise awareness about the interplay of biological, geological, hydrologic, physical and chemical processes in nature on an advanced level. In the second week, the students will participate in an obligatory excursion (3 days), which will present selected cases of fundamental and applied environmental sciences. The course will give a thorough introduction to MINA¿s research portfolio. In the third week, we will introduced selected monitoring approaches and measurement techniques in field and laboratory. The course will bring together students with distinct educational background, aiming to create a vibrant and engaging academic community, advance general competence in environmental sciences and to give firsthand knowledge about the different study directions in M-MINA.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The students will get advanced insights into theories and methods related to environmental pollution, protection and resource management and develop advanced knowledge about the interdependencies of biotic, abiotic and man-made factors on different scales.

Skills: Students learn to analyse and critically interpret data, using selected cases, with focus on man-made environmental problems on different scales (locally, nationally, globally).

General competence: The course will enable students to identify problems and potential solutions for actual environmental problems. They will be trained in scientific writing and presentation techniques to learn how to communicate environmental problems.

Learning activities:
The course is based on lectures, exercises, excursions and active participation in group discussions. Term papers are to be written in groups of 3-5 students.
Teaching support:
Internet based via Canvas. Support for the term papers during office hours, depending on lecturers¿ availability.
Syllabus:
Contents from lectures and presentations during excursion and material needed for working with the term papers. An additional optional reading syllabus will be provided.
Prerequisites:
Relevant bachelor degree in biology, geology, soil science, microbiology or chemistry
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Excursions and exercises are mandatory
Assessment:
Evaluation of term paper
Nominal workload:
150 hours in total. 20 h lectures. 30 h excursion. 20 h exercises. 80 h self-studies and term paper.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
100% reduction in credits too NATF302
Examiner:
Term papers will be evaluated by the course responsible and an external examiner
Examination details: Term paper: Passed / Failed