Course code NATF300

NATF300 Conservation Biology

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Course responsible: Anne Aslaug Sverdrup-Thygeson
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max 40 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallell.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Students that have the course compulsory (M-ECOL). Then M-NF, M-SF, M-REIS.
Course contents:
The course covers conservation biology theory and practice and focuses on global challenges and solutions. We consider topics related to species extinction, habitat loss and shifting baseline syndrome, but we also discuss international conservation cases and trade-offs between different interests. A selection of examples from conservation biology is highlighted through lectures, some by invited guest lecturers, and by reading and discussing relevant scientific papers.
Learning outcome:


The student has advanced knowledge of scientific theory and methods in conservation biology. This includes relevant knowledge in genetics, demography, ecology, land management and social sciences. The student can apply this knowledge in new areas within the subject area.


The student can find and acquire relevant background material on specific challenges and academic issues in conservation biology, and can analyze, present and contribute to academic discussions about these challenges and issues. The student can analyze and relate critically to various sources of information and can use these to structure and formulate their own professional reasoning within conservation biology.

General competence:

The student masters the subject area's forms of expression, and can apply his knowledge and skills to carry out advanced work tasks and projects, as well as contribute to professional discussions of this. The student can communicate about academic issues, analyzes and conclusions within the subject area, both with specialists and to the general public.

Learning activities:
Lectures, discussions, assignments included a course essay, self-study.
Teaching support:
The teacher responsible for the course is available during office hours to answer questions about the subject.

The syllabus consists of a series of scientific articles from primary literature related to conservation biology, in addition to everything from the lectures (including invited lecturers).

There is no required textbook, but complementary reading will be of great help and is strongly recommended.

Both papers and suggestions for complementary reading will be available in Canvas.

ECOL200, NATF200.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

The first lecture and in total 80% of the lectures. In addition 8 weekly assignments, of which at least 6 must be handed in and get a pass. In addition to this, a first version of your course essay must be handed in by the set deadline.

Late hand-ins will not be checked and will be counted as not passed.


The course grade is based on a combined assessment with 2 elements:

1. Your final essay (80% of the course grade)

2. Your peer evaluation of the first version of another student’s essay (20% of the grade)

Both elements must be passed to pass the course.

Nominal workload:

Lectures:  20 hours

Seminars: 10 hours

Read 10 papers: 40 hours

Weekly assignments, 8 stk: 10 hours

Course essay and peer evaluation: 45 hours

SUM:  125 hours

Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

Lectures:  20 hours

Seminars: 10 hours

Registration for the course no later than 31 August. After this, the 45 places in the course will be distributed.
An experienced external examiner is responsible for the grading. 
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades