ZOOL300 Insect ecology and research

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Lisa Fagerli Lunde

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk, norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:Structured teaching: approx. 50 hours. Litterature search, preparation for presentations, development of research proposals and evaluation of others proposals: approx. 200 hours

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

About this course

In this course students will learn about important and current topics in insect ecology within a global perspective. Important topics are biodiversity, insect-plant interactions, ecosystem functions, evolution and behavior. The students will learn to find and summarize scientific literature, identify research gaps, give presentations and write a research application within one of the main topics.

Learning outcome

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

Knowledge: The student has thorough knowledge of important and current topics in insect ecology from a global perspective.

Skills: The student can find, select and read relevant scientific literature within insect ecology. The student can critically assess, summarize and present current knowledge within a given topic. The student can detect research gaps and write a short research proposal within insect ecology. The student can evaluate and discuss scientific research proposals.

General competance: The student can find, assess and summarize updated scientific literature, detect research gaps and argue for how research gaps might be closed by a research proposal. The students will learn how to work efficiently in groups, critically discuss scientific literature, write as well as evaluate research proposals.

  • The teaching is split into two parts. In part 1 the students should find and select their own literature within three different topics and present it for the other students. This work is based on group work only. In part 2, the students should find research gaps within one of the topics in part 1 and write a research proposal to bridge this gap. The students will evaluate each others applications and take part in a board meeting to select the best research proposal. The teachers will give short presentations and provide feedback on literature selection, presentations, research proposals and how the student evaluate other students proposals.
  • The candidate´s learning can be supported through academic supervision during the teacher´s office hours.
  • ECOL200.
  • Literature selections and summaries of thematic questions count 40%. Individually written project application and assessment of others applications count 60%. The student have to pass both parts.

  • An internal and external examiner is necessary in order to ensure quality control.
  • The students must participate in minimum 80% of the scheduled activities
  • 2+4 hours per week for ca. 10 weeks
  • Special requirements in Science