ECOL200 General Ecology

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Erik Trond Aschehoug

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk, norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:Structured teaching: 50 hours. The students' own effort: ca. 200 hours.

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

About this course

This course will give students an in-depth understanding of how organisms interact with one another and their environment at the level of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Upon completion, students will be ecologically literate and prepared to engage in ecology as scientists, land managers, and policy interested citizens.

Learning outcome


Students will gain an understanding of empirical and theoretical ecology, including knowledge of various processes within ecology, such as natural selection, population dynamics, community ecology, trophic interactions, biogeography, and the effects of humans on ecosystems.


Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to:

Read and interpret scientific figures, graphs and charts

Develop basic research experiments to test ideas in ecology

Think critically about scientific research within the field of ecology


The course will give students an in-depth understanding of the theoretical, practical, and mathematical aspects of ecology, including the effects of humans on ecosystems. This competence will create a foundation for future work in the field of ecology, natural resource management, and civil discourse on policy affecting ecosystems.

  • Lectures and group discussions.
  • Teachers are available for questions during lectures and bi-weekly group work sessions
  • Portfolio assessment that consists of three, two-hour written assignments that are completed during the course.

    Portfolio assessment Grading: Passed / Not Passed
  • Quality assurance by the use of an external examiner.
  • Students are required to work in groups on weekly assignments.
  • Students that wish to take the course again for a grade are required to complete both the obligatory activities and the folder assessment.
  • Group discussions: 4 hours per week for 13 weeks.
  • Special requirements in Science