Ecology and environmental science
BI1399 Ecology and environmental science, 7.5 CreditsEkologi och miljövetenskap
SubjectsBiology Environmental science
Education cycleFirst cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and Mathematics 3b alternativly Mathematics 3c
ObjectivesThe course aims at providing basal knowledge of ecological concepts and ides and ecological consequences of exploitation of natural resources
After completion the student shall be able:
- to account for basal concepts and issues concerning the individual organism relation to its environment, dynamic of populations in space and time
- to account for basal concepts and issues concerning structure and dynamics of plant and animal communities, transfer of energy and matter in ecosystems
- to account for ecological consequences of human exploitation of (biological) natural resources
Lectures and exercises on topics related to how organisms are adapted to their environment, population dynamics, ecological interactions such as competition and predation, structure and dynamics of ecological communities (dealing with e.g. food webs and species diversity), ecosystem ecology (e.g. what determines internal and external cycling of carbon and nutrients, basal constrains of productivity etc.), ecosystem services (what they are and how they are regulated). The course also deals with human exploitation of biological natural resources (lectures and compulsory group works). The course cover e.g. ecological consequences of forestry, agriculture, fishery and hunting (harvest of populations), sustainable use, and national and global treats to biodiversity.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed written exam and approved reports of group work.
- 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.
- 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.