Course code NATF320

NATF320 Ecology and Management of Natural Resources in the Tropics

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Course responsible: Joseph Edward Hawes
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:
Course contents:
This course aims at guiding students to a post-graduate level in tropical ecology and natural resource management. The course focus on tropical ecosystems and how they can be protected and manged. The effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functions and services is a central part of the course. It is a combination of general tropical ecology and more applied dimensions, focusing on management and conservation issues. The course benefits from a wide range of expert contributions and examples from a wide variety of tropical biomes. The students, acting as a participatory component via presentations and discussions, form an integral part of the course. One important part of the course is the development of a term paper focusing on a topic relevant for the course content.
Learning outcome:


The students will have advanced knowledge about tropical ecosystems and management. Students will have in depth knowledge about theories related to tropical biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Furthermore, conservation and the social and economic value of tropical ecosystem will be covered.


The students will be able to utilice their ecological knowledge in the management of tropical ecosystems. The students will be able to use acquired state of the art knowledge to review and write scientific reports related to different issues in tropical ecology. The candidate will have the ability to work independently and critically with scientific literature and be able to synthesize this knowledge into a scientific report.

General comptence:

The students will be able to utilise his or her knowledge in a broad set of situations, also outside the tropical realm. The candidate will be able to review theories and hypothesis and communicate with natural resource scientists.

Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars and a term paperr assignment.
Teaching support:
The candidate's learning is supported through academic supervision, also on an individual basis. Supervision during the work with the term paper is particularly emphasised.
The reading material consist of high-quality scientific articles. Articles and other reading material will be made available in Canvas. The reading material will be useful in the work with their semester assignment.
Completed Bachelor´s degree.
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Mandatory activity:
Participation in course seminars
Written exam counts 60% and term paper counts 40%. Both parts must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
Seminars, lectures, and personal guidance: 50 hours. Preparing for the seminars, own presentation, writing of the report and semester assignment and reading for exam 200 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
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Type of course:
Seminars and lectures: 40 hours.
Students may use a dictionary on the exam.
The examiner is an expert in the subject area, and problem issues, if any, can be discussed with him/her.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades