Course code NATF301

NATF301 Practical Nature Management

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Course responsible: Vidar Selås
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Each second year, in years with even numbers.
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Course contents:
Students will be given an introduction on how to carry out and report projects in practical nature management. Then the students will work together with a contact person who is a nature manager in public management or an organisation.
Learning outcome:

A candidate who has completed the qualification has the following learning outcomes of the course:

Knowledge: The student has insight in the practical tasks that nature managers work with in public management or in an organisation.

Skills: The student is able to analyse problems and suggest solutions, based on gathered relevant knowledge as well as earlier acquired knowledge. This involves critical thinking, analysis and interpretation of gathered information, and application of academic knowledge to practical problems. The student is also able to write a practical project for an employer.

General competence: When completed the course, the student will have a good understanding of local, practical nature management in Norway, and be able to cooperate with nature managers in public management or in an organisation.

Learning activities:
Students will be given lectures on how to carry out the project and write the report for the employer. The students will work in groups and in cooperation with employers, who are given the project paper after the course has been concluded. The students themselves must find and interpret much of the information that is used in the project.
Teaching support:
Students are given support through lectures on how the reports are written. They can also be given advice from the course responsible during office hours.
No fixed syllabus.
Recommended prerequisites:
The students should have taken courses in law, resource economy, social studies, ecology etc. on Bachelor level, so that they have useful knowledge in this practical course.
Mandatory activity:
The first and the last lecture hours (introduction and project presentations) plus the first meeting with the contact person.
The grade is based on a project assignment.
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: 12 hours. Students" own effort on the project paper: 138 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The regular teaching will be as followed: Introduction and lecture on report writing: ca. 3 hours. The first meeting with the contact persons: ca. 3 hours. Supervision throughout the work and project presentations: 3 hours. The rest of the time will be set aside to group work and possibly further contact with the contact persons.
The course consists of a group project, with a management authority (usually municipality or county) or an organisation as the employer. The students are given a project that the employer has chosen among relevant problems that they are working on. There is close cooperation between the person responsible for the course and the relevant employers.
The examiner writes a report on each project. The purpose of the report is to pinpoint positive and negative aspects of the report, so that students can learn from it.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått