autumn 2018

BIO-3505 Ecological Interactions - 10 stp

Sist endret: 29.01.2019

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Studiested

Tromsø |

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.  

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in Freshwater Ecology. The course is limited to 12 students due to the capacity of the field course. Students from freshwater ecology and other Master disciplines at the department (AMB)  will be prioritized. The admission will take place during the first lecture. First lecture is mandatory.

The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Course contents

The course deals with ecological interactions with special emphasize on aquatic systems and freshwater fish. Ecological niche, competition, predation, parasitism and food webs are central topics, and essential principles and theories in relation to these concepts and interactions are addressed. The dynamic aspects of the interactions are focused, also considering effects of species introductions and other  biomanipulations and ecological impacts. Lessons include a combination of lectures presenting basic theory and seminars for discussions of relevant literature. The seminars are compulsory and based on thorough preparations from the students. A field course gives the students hands-on experience with ecological studies in subarctic lake systems.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-1005 Ecology and Evolution, BIO-2503 Freshwater Ecology

Objective of the course

A candidate that has successfully completed Bio-3505 Ecological interactions:

  • Has thorough knowledge and insight to central topics in population and community ecology
  • Has advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of ecological interactions with special emphasis on competition, predation and parasitism and their interrelationships
  • Can explain and describe the use of key ecological concepts and theory related to competitive exclusion principle, ecological niche, biodiversity, biological invasions, food webs and trophic Cascades
  • Can critically evaluate, interpret and contextualize scientific literature and studies
  • Can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information in population and community ecology and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • Can formulate and raise pertinent and critical questions about trophic ecology and interactions in freshwater and other ecological communities
  • Can integrate, summarize and discuss scientific topics in plenary sessions
  • Can analyze and give oral and written presentations of problems concerning ecology and interactions
  • Can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in ecology

Language of instruction

English

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and field course. 

Assessment

Term thesis and oral examination. The final grade for the course is based upon a complete evaluation of the Term thesis and the oral exam.A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.  

Date for examination

Oral 04.12.2018
Take home assignment hand in date 15.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.

Schedule

Course overlap

BIO-308 Fish ecology - ecological interactions 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.


Kontakt
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Andreassen, Siv


Studieadministrasjon og veiledning
Telefon: +4777646381 siv.andreassen@uit.no

Per-Arne-Amundsen

Per-Arne Amundsen


Professor i ferskvannsøkologi
Telefon: +4777644539 per-arne.amundsen@uit.no