Ecology, Second Course, 15 credits

Ekologi, fortsättning, 15 hp

NBIC29

Main field of study

Biology

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Anders Hargeby

Director of studies or equivalent

Agneta Johansson

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 120 h
Recommended self-study hours: 280 h
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus ECV
6KBIO Biology, Bachelor´s Programme 5 (Autumn 2018) 2 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. 

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

Basic level in Biology. Courses in Ecology and Faunistics and Floristics should be passed.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is that students should achieve a deeper theoretical and empirical knowledge of common ecosystems in Sweden, and of ecosystems in general. Focus is on inland waters and forest ecosystems. The students should learn about structures, processes, and mechanisms in ecosystems studied. Having successfully passed the course, the students should:

  • Know about the most important factors that structure inland waters in Sweden and important interactions in and between populations in waters. The ecological processes that regulate species composition and influence nutrient dynamics in lakes and wetlands. Understand the influence of the terrestrial environment (the drainage area) on aquatic ecosystems.
  • Understand which physical, chemical, and biological parameters that characterize different types of inland waters.
  • Understand ecological theories, principles, and processes that are important in forests, e g population dynamics, plant-herbivore interactions, biogeochemistry, processes in the soil and vegetation
  • How soil processes, climate and biological interactions, for instance between plants and herbivores, influence biodiversity and species structure of organism communities in forests and grasslands.
  • Have a good knowledge in order to plan for sustainable forestry.

Course content

Physical and chemical environment in inland waters (standing and running) and how they interact with each other and with plants and animals. Interactions between organisms. Different lake types including those processes that lead to characteristic plants and animals for the waters. The development/succession of streams and lakes. The influence of catchment area to lakes and rivers.

Ecology and organisms of the soil, as well as vegetation and plant societies. The ecology of terrestrial organisms and ecological processes in forests are exemplified in the field and in the laboratory.

Teaching and working methods

Compulsory seminars, laboratory work, and field practice. Lectures. The students make group works (field/lab work, data analyzing, writing a report) during the course.

Examination

UPG1Written exam6 creditsU, G
UPG2Oral and written presentation of project work6 creditsU, G
UPG3Participating in seminars, field and laboratory work3 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

Anders Hargeby

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 120 h
Recommended self-study hours: 280 h

Course literature

Brönmark, C & Hansson, L-A., 2005. The biology of lakes and ponds. 2:a upplagan. Biology of habitats. Oxford University Press. Oxford. ISBN: Häftad: 0198516126; Inbunden: 0198516134 Bardgett Richard 2005: The Biology of Soil. - Oxford University Press. Kompendier/artiklar
Code Name Scope Grading scale
UPG1 Written exam 6 credits U, G
UPG2 Oral and written presentation of project work 6 credits U, G
UPG3 Participating in seminars, field and laboratory work 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. 

Brönmark, C & Hansson, L-A., 2005. The biology of lakes and ponds. 2:a upplagan. Biology of habitats. Oxford University Press. Oxford. ISBN: Häftad: 0198516126; Inbunden: 0198516134 Bardgett Richard 2005: The Biology of Soil. - Oxford University Press. Kompendier/artiklar

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
X
X
UPG1
UPG2
UPG3
Struktur och funktion i terrestra och akvatiska system
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
UPG1
UPG3
Provtagning och bedömning av miljökvalitet enligt svenska och inernationella normer
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
UPG1
UPG2
Planering av provtagningsstrategier för insamlande och analys av miljödata. Vetenskapligt och statistikt grundad analys av egna och publicerade data.
2.2 Experimenterande och undersökande arbetssätt samt kunskapsbildning
X
X
UPG1
UPG2
UPG3
Planering, genomförande, analyserande och redovisning av fält- och labexperiment.
2.3 Systemtänkande
X
X
UPG1
UPG2
Kretslopp och samverkan mellan organismer och abiota i ekosystem
2.4 Förhållningssätt, tänkande och lärande
X
X
UPG1
UPG2
UPG3
Strategi och metoder för datainsamling. Tillämpning av professionellt använd analys- och bedömningsmetodik.
2.5 Etik, likabehandling och ansvarstagande
X
X
UPG1
UPG2
UPG3
Provtagningar och miljökvalitetsbedömningar utgående från Naturvårdverkets Bedömningsgrunder
3. FÖRMÅGA ATT ARBETA I GRUPP OCH ATT KOMMUNICERA
3.1 Arbete i grupp
X
X
UPG2
UPG3
Grupparbeten i fält, på lab och i seminarier,s Sälvvärderingar och kollegiala värderingar i samband med dessa. Individuella utvärderingar i samarbete med lärare.
3.2 Kommunikation
X
X
UPG1
UPG2
Skriftlig och muntlig rapportering av grupparbeten. Återkoppling från kurskollegor (muntl) och lärare (rapporter)
3.3 Kommunikation på främmande språk
X
X
Kurslitteraturen på engelska,.
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
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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