ECOL100 Introductory Ecology

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Ronny Steen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:Structured teaching: 25 hours. The students own effort: preparation for lectures, reading: ca. 100 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .

About this course

The subject deals with how organisms live, how they adapt to their environment through evolutionary processes, and how they interact with other organisms and the physical environment. Basic concepts in ecology are presented, including evolution and natural selection, interactions between organisms (competition, predation and mutualism) and their environment, population dynamics, ecological communities and food chains, change over time (succession), ecological processes and conservation.

The subject will highlight five levels: organisms, populations, community, ecosystems and the biosphere.

Learning outcome


- The candidate must have basic insight into how plants and animals affect each other and the environment they live in (based on five levels: organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and the biosphere).


- The candidate must be able to interpret interactions between organisms and their environment, and identify factors that affect the ecosystem's structure and function.

General competence:

- See the value of ecological connections and the importance of sustainable development.

- Have knowledge of scientific concepts (theory, issues and challenges), which can be used across a number of scientific disciplines.

- Have personal, research-based views on ecology, which is important to be able to solve problems through evidence-based knowledge.

  • Lectures, teaching videos, assessments and discussion questions.
  • Students can contact the teacher with questions.
  • Written exam: 3 hours (multiple choice) in Wiseflow.

  • An examiner is used for approving the examination questions and number of points for each grade mark.
  • Lectures: 25 hours.
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)