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Organismal Biology 2

Objectives and Content

The course aims to develop the students' knowledge of population ecology, community ecology, ecosystems, and conservation ecology of prokaryotic organisms, plants, fungi and animals. Through a combination of field work and lectures, students will be trained in the identification of species, and will develop an understanding of how species are adapted to the environment they live in, what requirements they impose on the environment, and how species interact and depend on each other. In addition, some of the special challenges they have in the conservation of biodiversity in the Nordic countries will be discussed (endangered species and habitats, blacklists, etc.). Furthermore, the course will include an introduction to scientific methods in the field used to study the mentioned aspects.

In addition to lectures, the course contain a large proportion practical teaching in the field. Part of the field course will focus on the identification of species, what demands the species have to the environment, and the importance of microorganisms in the sea and in the soil, while another part of the field course will focus on creating a relevant scientific project being implemented in the field course. The first field trip of the course will be the end of the spring semester, which is mandatory to follow the course BIO102 in the following fall semester.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students should:

  • have a basic understanding of population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystems.
  • be able to explain the different biomes, and biome distribution in the world
  • have knowledge of the most important factors that influence species distribution globally and locally
  • have an understanding how species interact and affect each other positively and negatively
  • be able to describe biodiversity in an area and discuss the factors that affect biodiversity
  • be able to describe and understand the dynamic processes both for populations and communities on shorter and longer time scales
  • be able to explain simple biogeographical principles, such as equilibrium model for island biogeography.
  • understand how life history traits affect the ecology of the species
  • be able to explain the main threats to biodiversity today, especially in the Nordic countries and the world in general, and what instruments to use in the preservation of biodiversity
  • be able to identify a given set of species of plants, animals and fungi, and be able to use literature to identify other species in western Norway
  • know the main environmental factors on the distribution of species in the Nordic countries
  • understand the importance of interactions between prokaryotes and Eukaryotic plants and animals as well as the importance and function of prokaryotic organisms in biogeochemical cycles
  • have an understanding of the methods used in ecology

Recommended Previous Knowledge

 BIO100 (formerly BIO110) and BIO101.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in field courses and approved field journal. Field courses will be in week 25, and two weeks in August (Monday to Friday every week). Contact studie@bio.uib.no for more information about registration.

 

Participation in field activities

Students enrolled in courses that include field activities necessitating overnight accommodation, are required to cover their own expenses for food and drinks during the stay. Due to rules and requirements related to food handling and hygiene, the University of Bergen is required to purchase food from the various accommodation locations, and we can therefore not allow students to bring their own food. The Department of Biology is therefore responsible for ordering food for all students. Students are required to pay a deductible of NOK 100,-/day for these food expenses.

The Department of Biology covers expenses related to transportation and accommodation, and any food expenses surpassing the student deductible of NOK 100,-/day.

Forms of Assessment

Digital exam (3 hours).

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    04.12.2017
    Duration
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    20.11.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam