Course code NATF230

NATF230 Wildlife Biology and Management

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Course responsible: Leif Egil Loe
Teachers: Olav Gjermund Hjeljord
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
45 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
B-ØN and M-NF. Then students with relevant academic background.
Course contents:
The course starts with excursions where we census the population of woodland grouse species in two different areas. This provides the data for one of two student reports. The second student report is on the topic of practical moose management at the municipal level. The lectures start with an introduction in some basic topics within biology such as evolution and genetics, animal behaviour and population dynamics, before continuing with the ecology, population status and distribution of key wildlife species in Norway. The lectures commence with a selection of management topics, such as management of the invasive wild boar, harvested deer species and the controversial management of our four large predators. We do also cover topics such as wildlife diseases, effects of human infrastructure and disturbance and how to combine forestry and wildlife management.
Learning outcome:


Upon completion of the course, the student should have obtained knowledge of subjects within wildlife ecology and management from a text book and lectures.


Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to collect field data for use in wildlife management, modify and present the data. The student should further be able to write a scientific report. One of the student reports includes analyses in the statistical software R, which is used as a tool of analyses in most of the students’ later master thesis in ecology and nature management.

General competence

The student should be able to replicate acquired knowledge within wildlife ecology and management.

Learning activities:
The following teaching activities are used: Lectures, data collection in field, two written semester reports, colloquia and own studies
Teaching support:
The student is supervised during the two semester reports, and by assistant teacher and main teacher during office hours
Hjeljord, O. 2008. Viltet, biologi og forvaltning, Tun Forlag, and lectures
BIO120, ECOL100, ZOOL210, STAT100 and NATF100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The excursions.
A three-hour written exam accounts for 60% of the final grade. The two student reports account for respectively 25% (woodland grouse) and 15% (moose management). All three tasks must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: ca. 40 hours. Excursion: 20 hours. Discussion groups: 30 hours. Students' self-study - writing of semester paper, preparation for lectures and reading for exam: 285 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: ca. 40 hours. Excursion: 20 hours. Discussion groups: 30 hours.
An external examiner evaluates the final written exam.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades