Course code ZOOL300

ZOOL300 Ecological Entomology

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Course responsible: Tone Birkemoe
Teachers: Anne Aslaug Sverdrup-Thygeson, Paal Krokene, Nina Trandem
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Course contents:
The main aim of the course is to give the students knowledge about important and current topics in insect ecology within the areas of evolution, insect-plant interactions, ecosystem functions, biodiversity and conservation. By working in groups, the students should aquire knowlegde in three different topics and present a summary for the other students from each. Following presentations, the students will work individually with a research proposal within one of the topics and review proposals written by the other students. The teachers will present the different topics and relevant methods, but most of the structured teaching will consist of group supervision and student presentations.
Learning outcome:

After completing the course the student should have gained the following qualifications: 

Knowledge: The student will have in depth knowledge of central topics in ecological entomology. 

Skills: The student should be able to achieve an overview of topics within insect ecology based on scientific literature and databases. The student should be able to critically reflect upon research methods, conclusions and statements in the discipline and be able to summarize and present relevant topics for others. The student should also be able to identify research needs, develop a project, and write a research proposal. The students should also be able to review research proposals developed by others.

General competance: The student should be confidential with core subjects within insect ecology, be able to find, assess and summarize scientific literature within specific topics, identify knowledge gaps, argue for closing these gaps and place the topic within a broader context. 

Learning activities:
The student will work in groups with three specific topics, and individually to develop one research proposal and assess others. The form of teaching will vary throughout the course, and include tutorials, contact meetings with teachers, own work and student presentations.. 
Teaching support:
The candidate´s learning can be supported through academic supervision during the teacher´s office hours.
Recent scientific articles (in English).
ZOOL240, ECOL200.
Recommended prerequisites:
Group work with selection of literature and presentations count 50%. Individually written project application and assessment of others applications count 50%. The student have to pass both parts. 
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: approx. 50 hours. Litterature search, preparation for presentations, development of research proposals and evaluation of others proposals: approx. 250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
2x2 hours per week for ca. 10 weeks, some weeks 2+ 4 hours.
An external examiner is necessary in order to ensure quality control.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått