Chemistry, Ecology and Statistics
Additional course evaluations for KE0066
Academic year 2020/2021Chemistry, Ecology and Statistics (KE0066-20165) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17
Academic year 2019/2020Chemistry, Ecology and Statistics (KE0066-20109) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19
Academic year 2018/2019Chemistry, Ecology and Statistics (KE0066-20033) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20
Academic year 2017/2018Chemistry, Ecology and Statistics (KE0066-20021) 2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14
KE0066 Chemistry, Ecology and Statistics, 15.0 CreditsKemi, ekologi och statistik
SubjectsChemistry Agricultural science
Education cycleBachelor’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)
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.
Prior knowledgeEntry requirements to the Agricultural and Rural Management Bachelor’s Degree Programme
ObjectivesThe student develops chemical, ecological and statistical thinking as a foundation for continued studies within the field of agriculture. The course strives to give a holistic perspective, in which the three subjects are integrated. The knowledge and skills give the student the ability to work for sustainable development in their professional role. The student takes an active and critic part in the social debate happening within the green sector.
• Chemistry 9.5 credits
– The student can describe the central chemical concepts and relationships, especially those of significance for environment and sustainable development
– The student is familiar with chemical workplace approaches and procedures, understands qualitative and quantitative solutions to problems, and is introduced to environmental management systems (ISO)
– The student is able to identify the most important groups of organic compounds
– The student is able to give examples of relationships between chemical structure and its effects on organisms and environment of e.g. halogenetaded organic compounds, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), brominated flame retardants, and heavy metals
– The student is familiar with the central building blocks in living organisms and is introduced to their structure and function, with special focus on proteins and enzymes
– The student is familiar with basic metabolism and important chemical relationships in nature
– The student is informed about Sweden’s environmental goals and knows how to work within these goals in a sustainable way within the agricultural area
• Ecology 3.0 credits
– The student is able to explain the principles underpinning ecosystem function, flows and cycles
– The student is able to describe evolutionary processes, define and discuss the concept of biological diversity and its preservation
– The student is able to compare factors affecting population size and population growth in all types of organisms, including humans
– The student is able to discuss the ecological factors that influence our potential for the long-term, sustainable use of natural resources
• Statistics 2.5 credits
– The student can describe the statistical processing of agricultural experiments, from experimental design to the scientifically correct presentation of results
– The student is familiar with the most important principles in statistical analysis and knows how to carry out a statistical analysis with the help of a computer
– The student is able to find and critically review statistical results and figures produced using different media
ContentThe course is divided into three sections, which are examined separately:
1) Chemistry (including laboratory practicals, seminars and calculation exercises), 9.5 credits
2) Ecology (including project work), 3.0 credits
3) Statistics (including computer and calculation exercises), 2.5 credits
The course uses different forms of teaching to promote student activity and discussions: teacher-supervised seminars and exercises, flipped classroom, SI-exercises, laboratory practicals, seminars, quizzes and project work.
Collaboration with the surrounding community is highlighted through external lectures and the education is connected to international research through presentations and demonstrations.
The chemistry section
- Basic theory and concept formation in chemistry are addressed.
- Sweden’s environmental goals, as well as other environment and sustainability issues, are discussed from a chemical, social and ethical perspective.
- Current research results highlighting the chemical basis of different environmental problems preventing a sustainable development are discussed.
- Fundamental chemical laws and relationships, reaction formulae, chemical calculations, simple redox processes, the acid and base compound classes, pH and pOH, and the importance of buffering systems are discussed.
- The properties and nomenclature of the most important groups of organic compounds are studied.
- Examples of environmental pollution and the relationship between chemical structure and biological effects are discussed.
- Modern analytical methods and examples of their areas of application are also dealt with.
- Molecules in living organisms, their structure and function as well as their involvement in central processes are also covered.
- Problem solving with a focus on strategic problem solving is practiced in small groups, both teacher- and student-led.
- Basic analytical techniques, such as titration and gravimetry, are taught. Some of the results are further analysed and discussed during the statistics section.
- Students analyse their own soil samples with the ISO 10390 method and relate their results to the acidification in different parts of Sweden.
- A scientific method of working and thinking is applied, and writing reports adapted to the future professional role is taught and practiced.
The ecology section
- Evolutionary ecology, behavioural ecology and formation of species are covered.
- Definitions of biological diversity, and argument and strategies for its preservation, as well as the importance of diversity in delivering ecosystem services to the green sectors are discussed.
- The ecosystem function, energy flows, nutrient circulation and relationships between different nutrient levels are also dealt with. Within social ecology, stability and succession are studied.
- Factors controlling populations, processes, interactions, different reproduction patterns as well as the sensitivity of different species to disturbance are discussed.
- Human influence on the design of agroecosystems and natural ecosystems are highlighted and preconditions for a long-term sustainable use are discussed.
- The students work with "Artportalen" to show how the abundance of organisms is governed by evolutionary history, landscape elements, etc. The abundance of the species are related to the students’ own local environments.
- Parts of the material from the project are used in the statistics section for a general analysis of how different factors interact in the landscape.
The statistics section
- Statistical concepts and methods used within the field of agronomy are addressed.
- Understanding how an agricultural experiment is set up and is analysed by means of e.g. randomisation, hypotheses, confidence intervals, t-tests and variance analysis.
- The student differentiates among the different methods and concepts as well as describes how to review, critically, the diversity of studies presented in the media.
- Problem solving to understand the principles behind the calculations, which are carried out mostly by means of a computer.
- Students use Excel to solve statistical problems and also to illustrate statistical concepts by means of simulations.
Formats and requirements for examinationA pass in the written exam, approved participation in seminars, approved laboratory reports and participation in the other compulsory components.
- 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.
Additional informationAs regards restricting the number of examination events, see combined regulations for education at SLU.
Responsible departmentDepartment of Plant Protection Biology
Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Agricultural and Rural Management Agriculture and Rural Management (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Chemistry Agricultural scienceCourse code: KE0066 Application code: SLU-20154 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Protection Biology Pace: 100%