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Showing course contents for the educational year 2017 - 2018 .
Course responsible: Tone Birkemoe
Teachers: Tone Aasbø Granerud, Rannveig Margrete Jacobsen, Hanne Eik Pilskog, Anne Aslaug Sverdrup-Thygeson, Paal Krokene, Nina Trandem
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, June block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004V
Topics to be included are insect and arachnid morphology, occurrence in different habitats, tropic levels and importance to humans as pest and providers of ecosystem services. Insect ecology is emphasized. Identification of the most important groups of insects and arachnids are taught to order or family level on lab and field courses. Ecology, biology and sampling techniques of selected insect groups will be learned through small field project on the summer course. The students work with the projects in groups and are responsible for presentation of results.
A student that has completed the course should have learned the following:
Knowledge: The students will have knowledge about systematics, diversity, food choice and biology of insects and arachnids as well as knowledge about their function in ecosystems and importance for humans.
Skills: The student should be familiar with the various insect and arachnid groups, be able to identify to order or family level, be confident with various collecting methods and identification literature and be able to complete and present an small investigation on insects/arachnids. The student should be able to use their knowledge of insects and arachnids in a nature conservation perspective as well as in relation to damage/beneficial effects to humans in Norway.
General competence: The student should after completion of the course be familiar with the insect and arachnid taxonomy, diversity as well as their importance for ecosystems and humans in Norway.
The education is based on weekly lectures and lab courses. In addition, the students will work in groups on a small ecological project and present the results for the other students at a three days summer course. The students can test their systematic skills on available test collections of insects/arachnids.
The candidate´s learning can be supported through academic supervision during the field excursion, laboratory work and in the teacher´s office hours.
Information will be given on Canvas.
Laboratory exercises and the field course.
The exam has three parts of which two influence on the final mark a written 3-hours exam in May that counts 2/3 and a taxonomic exam at the last laboratory course that count 1/3. The mark is based on the overall quality of the answers, and it is not necessary to pass both parts. In addition to the two exams, the students need to get a "pass" on the presentation of their fieldwork at the end of the field course in June.
Lectures: 18 hours. Laboratory exercises: 16 hours. Field course: 30 hours. Students" own effort: 90 hours.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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Type of course:
Lectures: 18 hours. Laboratory exercises: 16 hours. Field course: 3 days.
A stereomicroscope will be available for the systematic test.
An external examiner will take part in formulating questions for the exam and for evaluation of the written exam.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått