NBIK17002U Introduction to Arctic Ecosystems
The course will provide a broad introduction to how terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the Arctic have developed, are structured and will function under various environmental conditions as well as a deeper understanding of important groups of organisms, their life cycles, adaptations to arctic conditions and how they interact. The ecosystems responses to climate changes and to direct human activities (e.g., hunting, fishing, tourism and exploration of minerals) will be demonstrated and debated.
The course addresses students and academics from any disciplines and a prior understanding of basic life sciences will be an advandtage. However, care will be taken to implement a good understanding of basic biological terminology and approaches to enable the students a profound understanding of the arctic ecological processes and paradigms at an academic level.
The course is structured with forth running lectures, theoretical/practical exercises and excursions to museum collections of minerals, flora and fauna. Invited guest lectures will provide insight to management and monitoring aspects. The students will furthermore be challenged through own (mandatory) presentations (individually and in groups) of relevant arctic issues.
Basic terminology of physical, chemical and living conditions in the Arctic
Structure and function of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
Implications of climate changes on organisms and their interactions with the environment
- Strategies for management and monitoring in the Arctic ecosystem
Describe the structure and function of terrestrial and aquatic Arctic ecosystem
Explain important biological processes in Arctic ecosystems
Understand the influences of climate changes on populations and ecosystems in the Arctic
- Extract knowledge from the literature and use it to pinpoint specific questions related to e.g. sensibility of arctic ecosystems to disturbances
Analyse, outline and present complex relationships between arctic ecosystems and their environments
Facilitate a discussion on the consequences of natural and human activities on arctic ecosystems
Formulate research, management and monitoring needs for the Arctic.
Text books, primary literature (papers), reports, official
See Absalon for further information.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 2 hours under invigilationThe exam consists of 20 multiple choice questions, 1 short essay and 2-4 other types of questions
- Exam registration requirements
Handing in one individual essay, presented one group work and participated in min. 80% of all exercises.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner
If the requirement of handing in one individual essay and presenting one group work, are not fulfilled the student has to hand in two new essays no later than two weeks before the reexam.
If the requirement of participating in min. 80% of all exercises is not fulfilled the student has to hand in written tasks (typically essays) proportional to the teaching time that has not been attended. These additional tasks must be delivered and assessed no later than two weeks before the reexam.
Criteria for exam assesment
In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.
- Project work
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises