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BI1301

Applied Population Ecology

The aim of the course is to cover theoretical foundations of population ecology, and important applications of population ecology to solve real-world problems. Important theoretical concepts of population ecology are included in lectures and assigned readings to ensure a solid foundation of population ecology, but the course focuses on the many important applications of population ecology to solve real world problems (with in-depth considerations of selected aspects). The course addresses the sustainable use of harvested animal populations and specific difficulties related to conserving less common or endangered species by considering the demographic and genetic problems posed by small and/or fragmented populations. Hence, in both lectures and exercises, the course covers the population genetics, structure, demography, dynamics and stability of populations. Compulsory exercises occur. Selected methods for obtaining information required for decision-making in conservation and management (e.g. assessments of demographic structure and population size, etc.) are also covered.

Additional course evaluations for BI1301

Academic year 2020/2021

Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20016) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20032) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Applied Population Ecology (BI1301-20054) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

BI1301 Applied Population Ecology, 15.0 Credits

Tillämpad populationsekologi

Syllabus approved

2018-11-15

Subjects

Biology Forest science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge at basic level equivalent to 120 credits including
- 60 credits Biology including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Forest Science including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Natural Resource Management including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Environmental Sciences including 15 credits Ecology or
and
- English 6

Objectives

The aim of the course is to cover theoretical foundations of population ecology, and important applications of population ecology to solve real-world problems.

After completing the course the student will be able to:
- Have an in-depth understanding of many of the applications of population ecology, especially with regard to sustainable use of harvested animal populations and the conservation of small populations.
- Critically evaluate published studies, identify what data and studies are needed to solve management problems or conservation challenges.
- Perform all steps in the application of population ecology to selected problems, including use of the published scientific literature, data collection, data analysis, and use of the data in various models to understand and predict population development.
- Communicate their conclusions in written form.

Content

Important theoretical concepts of population ecology are included in lectures and assigned readings to reach the course objectives and to ensure a solid foundation of population ecology, but the course focuses on the many important applications of population ecology to solve real world problems (with in-depth considerations of selected aspects).

The course addresses the sustainable use of harvested animal populations and specific difficulties related to conserving less common or endangered species by considering the demographic and genetic problems posed by small and/or fragmented populations. Hence, in both lectures and exercises, the course covers the population genetics, structure, demography, dynamics and stability of populations. Compulsory exercises occur.

Selected methods for obtaining information required for decision-making in conservation and management (e.g. assessments of demographic structure and population size, etc.) are also covered. Furthermore, in computer labs and assignments students will analyze data and use it in models to gain a deeper understanding of population ecology and predicting the risk of extinction or population changes under various conditions.

Regarding general skills, students will thus develop their skills in information retrieval (i.e. the published scientific literature), critically evaluating it (including any gaps in knowledge), analyzing data and using it in models, and communicating their conclusions in written form.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination, approved compulsory assignments and participation in compulsory parts.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is a part of the Master’s Programme in the Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations but is open to other students.

Students following the Forest Science programme at SLU meet the requirements of 15 credits in Ecology by the courses given over the first two years of the programme. The requirement of 15 credits in Ecology can also be met by the course SG0251 Forest Ecology 15 credits.

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage www.slu.se.

Responsible department

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: BI1122
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Wildlife Biology, Conservation and Management. 3rd Ed.
Author: Fryxell, J.M., Sinclair, A.R.E., and Caughley, G.
ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-118-29106-1 (paperback)
Comments: Get the 3rd edition (2014). To get the best price on this or ANY book delivered in Sweden, go to http://www.bokfynd.nu/1118291077.html which searches bookstores all over Sweden and the world, incorporates shipping costs and converts the total to Swedish kronor for the best price delivered in Sweden. Right now many bookstores have it (about 510kr, if it is a LOT more, you may have landed on the hardcover version, so try again). NOTE: this is an optional (but recommended book for the course "Fish and Wildlife Management" as well so your costs could be spread over two courses.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest science
Course code: BI1301 Application code: SLU-20040 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies Pace: 100%