Nature Conservation in Practise, 15 credits

Praktisk naturvård, 15 hp

NBIC19

Main field of study

Biology

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Karl-Olof Bergman

Director of studies or equivalent

Agneta Johansson

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 144 h
Recommended self-study hours: 256 h
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus ECV
6KBIO Biology, Bachelor´s Programme 5 (Autumn 2018) 1 1+2+3+4 Swedish Linköping E
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary

Main field of study

Biology

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Biology, Bachelor´s Programme

Specific information

The course is scheduled for the last time 2018. The course is replaced by NBIC56 Nature Conservation in Practise.

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Ecology and Faunistics & Floristics or equivalent courses

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give the student knowledge in evaluation of nature areas from a conservation point of view. The aim of the course is also to give knowledge in documentation and follow-up of conservation measures and management of different biotopes. The main focus will be on using the knowledge in the field.
After the course you should be able to:

  • Identify and interpret distribution patterns of vascular plants with a focus on indicator plants for valuable semi-natural grasslands, common species and species favoured by high nitrogen levels in the soil. The student should be able to identify both flowering and non-flowering plants.
  • Identify and interpret distribution patterns of lichens, fungi, mosses and vascular plants with a focus on indicator species for old-growth forests, common species and mix-up species with regard to the indicator species.
  • Assess patches of semi-natural grasslands with regard to their biological structures and species
  • Recommend and design management measures to develop the biological values in the long term in semi-natural grasslands
  • Assess patches of forest with regard to the Woodland Key Habitat methodology (Skogsstyrelsen)
  • Recommend and design management measures to develop the biological values in the long term in forest patches
  • Write descriptions of single sites with regard to conservation values and analyse consequences of development actions
  • Analyse effects on favourable conservation status according to Natura 2000 of on the landscape level
  • Produce and present a report of environmental impact of a quality high enough to qualify pass the inspection from the responsible authorities in the society

Course content

Assessment of conservation values in different environments, through inventories and evaluations of the species composition. Management of different types of nature, particularly semi-natural grasslands and forests. Inventory methodology. History of land-use. EU grants in agriculture. Certification of forestry. Documentation and follow-up studies of conservation measures. Interpretation of aerial photographs. Writing the biological part of an environmental impact assessment paper. Conservation work is discussed with biologists working in districts, county administrations, forestry administrations and as consultants.

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of lectures, field excursions and group projects. The focus is on group projects in the field, with both oral exams in the field and written exams. The group projects consist of shorter field works in different natural ecosystems, and a wider project with assessment of conservation values of a larger area. The group projects are based on real life scenarios. Full attendance is required, due to the predominance of practical exercises in the course.

Examination

UPG4Group assignment4 creditsU, G
UPG5Project work8 creditsU, G
UPG3Exercise3 creditsU, G
Grades are given as ‘Fail’ or Pass’

Grades

Two grade scale, older version, U, G

Department

Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Agneta Johansson

Examiner

Karl-Olof Bergman

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 144 h
Recommended self-study hours: 256 h

Course literature

Books

Articles


  • Some course literature will be accessible in the lab and some will be found in different databases. The seraching in databases will be done by the students during the course. 

Other

  • Some course literature will be accessible in the lab and some will be found in different databases. The seraching in databases will be done by the students during the course. 

Code Name Scope Grading scale
UPG4 Group assignment 4 credits U, G
UPG5 Project work 8 credits U, G
UPG3 Exercise 3 credits U, G
Grades are given as ‘Fail’ or Pass’

Course syllabus

A syllabus has been established for each course. The syllabus specifies the aim and contents of the course, and the prior knowledge that a student must have in order to be able to benefit from the course.

Timetabling

Courses are timetabled after a decision has been made for this course concerning its assignment to a timetable module. A central timetable is not drawn up for courses with fewer than five participants. Most project courses do not have a central timetable.

Interrupting a course

The vice-chancellor’s decision concerning regulations for registration, deregistration and reporting results (Dnr LiU-2015-01241) states that interruptions in study are to be recorded in Ladok. Thus, all students who do not participate in a course for which they have registered must record the interruption, such that the registration on the course can be removed. Deregistration from a course is carried out using a web-based form: www.lith.liu.se/for-studenter/kurskomplettering?l=sv. 

Cancelled courses

Courses with few participants (fewer than 10) may be cancelled or organised in a manner that differs from that stated in the course syllabus. The board of studies is to deliberate and decide whether a course is to be cancelled or changed from the course syllabus. 

Regulations relating to examinations and examiners 

Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622678.

Forms of examination

Examination

Written and oral examinations are held at least three times a year: once immediately after the end of the course, once in August, and once (usually) in one of the re-examination periods. Examinations held at other times are to follow a decision of the board of studies.

Principles for examination scheduling for courses that follow the study periods:

  • courses given in VT1 are examined for the first time in March, with re-examination in June and August
  • courses given in VT2 are examined for the first time in May, with re-examination in August and October
  • courses given in HT1 are examined for the first time in October, with re-examination in January and August
  • courses given in HT2 are examined for the first time in January, with re-examination at Easter and in August.

The examination schedule is based on the structure of timetable modules, but there may be deviations from this, mainly in the case of courses that are studied and examined for several programmes and in lower grades (i.e. 1 and 2). 

  • Examinations for courses that the board of studies has decided are to be held in alternate years are held only three times during the year in which the course is given.
  • Examinations for courses that are cancelled or rescheduled such that they are not given in one or several years are held three times during the year that immediately follows the course, with examination scheduling that corresponds to the scheduling that was in force before the course was cancelled or rescheduled.
  • If teaching is no longer given for a course, three examination occurrences are held during the immediately subsequent year, while examinations are at the same time held for any replacement course that is given, or alternatively in association with other re-examination opportunities. Furthermore, an examination is held on one further occasion during the next subsequent year, unless the board of studies determines otherwise.
  • If a course is given during several periods of the year (for programmes, or on different occasions for different programmes) the board or boards of studies determine together the scheduling and frequency of re-examination occasions.

Registration for examination

In order to take an examination, a student must register in advance at the Student Portal during the registration period, which opens 30 days before the date of the examination and closes 10 days before it. Candidates are informed of the location of the examination by email, four days in advance. Students who have not registered for an examination run the risk of being refused admittance to the examination, if space is not available.

Symbols used in the examination registration system:

  ** denotes that the examination is being given for the penultimate time.

  * denotes that the examination is being given for the last time.

Code of conduct for students during examinations

Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682.

Retakes for higher grade

Students at the Institute of Technology at LiU have the right to retake written examinations and computer-based examinations in an attempt to achieve a higher grade. This is valid for all examination components with code “TEN” and "DAT". The same right may not be exercised for other examination components, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus.

Retakes of other forms of examination

Regulations concerning retakes of other forms of examination than written examinations and computer-based examinations are given in the LiU regulations for examinations and examiners, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622678.

Plagiarism

For examinations that involve the writing of reports, in cases in which it can be assumed that the student has had access to other sources (such as during project work, writing essays, etc.), the material submitted must be prepared in accordance with principles for acceptable practice when referring to sources (references or quotations for which the source is specified) when the text, images, ideas, data, etc. of other people are used. It is also to be made clear whether the author has reused his or her own text, images, ideas, data, etc. from previous examinations.

A failure to specify such sources may be regarded as attempted deception during examination.

Attempts to cheat

In the event of a suspected attempt by a student to cheat during an examination, or when study performance is to be assessed as specified in Chapter 10 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the examiner is to report this to the disciplinary board of the university. Possible consequences for the student are suspension from study and a formal warning. More information is available at https://www.student.liu.se/studenttjanster/lagar-regler-rattigheter?l=sv.

Grades

The grades that are preferably to be used are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass not without distinction (4) and Pass with distinction (5). Courses under the auspices of the faculty board of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Institute of Technology) are to be given special attention in this regard.

  1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for courses that have written examinations.
  2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded for courses with a large degree of practical components such as laboratory work, project work and group work.

Examination components

  1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for written examinations (TEN).
  2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for undergraduate projects and other independent work.
  3. Examination components for which the grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded are laboratory work (LAB), project work (PRA), preparatory written examination (KTR), oral examination (MUN), computer-based examination (DAT), home assignment (HEM), and assignment (UPG).
  4. Students receive grades either Fail (U) or Pass (G) for other examination components in which the examination criteria are satisfied principally through active attendance such as other examination (ANN), tutorial group (BAS) or examination item (MOM).

The examination results for a student are reported at the relevant department.

Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)

The university is a government agency whose operations are regulated by legislation and ordinances, which include the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition to legislation and ordinances, operations are subject to several policy documents. The Linköping University rule book collects currently valid decisions of a regulatory nature taken by the university board, the vice-chancellor and faculty/department boards.

LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

Books

Articles

Some course literature will be accessible in the lab and some will be found in different databases. The seraching in databases will be done by the students during the course. 

Other

Some course literature will be accessible in the lab and some will be found in different databases. The seraching in databases will be done by the students during the course. 

Note: The course matrix is not fully translated to English.

I U A Modules Comment
1. ÄMNESKUNSKAPER
1.1 Kunskaper i grundläggande matematiska och naturvetenskapliga ämnen
Ekologi, formkännedom
1.2 Kunskaper i grundläggande (motsvarande G1X) teknikvetenskapliga ämnen
1.3 Fördjupade kunskaper (motsvarande G2X), metoder och verktyg inom något/några teknik- och naturvetenskapliga ämnen
X
X
UPG3
Naturvårdsbiologi, artkännedom
1.4 Väsentligt fördjupade kunskaper (motsvarande A1X), metoder och verktyg inom något/några teknik- och naturvetenskapliga ämnen
1.5 Insikt i aktuellt forsknings- och utvecklingsarbete
2. INDIVIDUELLA OCH YRKESMÄSSIGA FÄRDIGHETER OCH FÖRHÅLLNINGSSÄTT
2.1 Analytiskt tänkande och problemlösning
X
X
UPG4
UPG5
Naturvärdesbedömningar och skötselråd
2.2 Experimenterande och undersökande arbetssätt samt kunskapsbildning
2.3 Systemtänkande
X
X
UPG5
Miljökonsekvensbedömning, avvägningar i val av alternativ
2.4 Förhållningssätt, tänkande och lärande
X
Planering av grupparbete, kreativt tänkande vid förslag av kompensationsåtgärder
2.5 Etik, likabehandling och ansvarstagande
X
X
UPG5
Redovisningar för ansvarig myndighet
3. FÖRMÅGA ATT ARBETA I GRUPP OCH ATT KOMMUNICERA
3.1 Arbete i grupp
Grupparbeten om 4-5 pers
3.2 Kommunikation
X
X
UPG4
UPG5
Redovisning av grupparbeten
3.3 Kommunikation på främmande språk
4. PLANERING, UTVECKLING, REALISERING OCH DRIFT AV TEKNISKA PRODUKTER OCH SYSTEM MED HÄNSYN TILL AFFÄRSMÄSSIGA OCH SAMHÄLLELIGA BEHOV OCH KRAV
4.1 Samhälleliga villkor, inklusive ekonomiskt, socialt och ekologiskt hållbar utveckling för kunskapsutveckling
X
Regelverk kring miljökonsekvensbedömningar
4.2 Företags- och affärsmässiga villkor
4.3 Att identifiera behov samt strukturera och planera utveckling av produkter och system
4.4 Att konstruera produkter och system
4.5 Att realisera produkter och system
4.6 Att ta i drift och använda produkter och system
5. PLANERING, GENOMFÖRANDE OCH PRESENTATION AV FORSKNINGS- ELLER UTVECKLINGSPROJEKT MED HÄNSYN TILL VETENSKAPLIGA OCH SAMHÄLLELIGA BEHOV OCH KRAV
5.1 Samhälleliga villkor, inklusive ekonomiskt, socialt och ekologiskt hållbar utveckling
5.2 Ekonomiska villkor för kunskapsutveckling
5.3 Att identifiera behov samt strukturera och planera forsknings- eller utvecklingsprojekt
5.4 Att genomföra forsknings- eller utvecklingsprojekt
5.5 Att redovisa och utvärdera forsknings- eller utvecklingsprojekt

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