NNMB16001U  Field Course in Ecology and Evolution of East Africa

Volume 2016/2017
Content
  • A general introduction to rainforests and savannah ecosystems with particular focus on East Africa.  
  • Biodiversity surveys, monitoring and conservation issues.
  • Morphological and biological characteristics of the major ‘key’ groups of animals and plants in the East African rainforest and savanna ecosystems.
  • Tropical fieldwork and field techniques are demonstrated and practiced.
Learning Outcome

Knowledge:

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Describe rainforest and savanna ecosystems in general terms.
  • Outline the major challenges involved in the conservation of tropical ecosystems and their species.
  • Describe how to carry out practical fieldwork under tropical conditions.
  • Mention and briefly describe the morphology and biology of the major ‘key’ groups of animals and plants in the East African rainforest and savanna ecosystems.

 

Skills:

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Explain how to collect occurrence data in the field and how to analyze such data.
  • Outline the roles of key animal and plant groups in rainforest and savanna ecosystems and explain how they interact. 

 

Competencies:

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Elaborate on conservational priorities for tropical ecosystems.
  • Discuss the processes that generate biological diversity in rainforest and savanna ecosystems.
  • Compare different field techniques and assess their suitability and cost-efficiency.
Students are expected to have knowledge about East Africa at a level equivalent to the bachelor course “East Africa”.
A mixture of lectures, field and lab exercises, and field excursions. Evaluation based on participation and written assignment (one week).
This is recommended as an optional summer field course for students aiming at a MSc thesis project in tropical biology.

The field course will take place at the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre at the foothills of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, southern Tanzania. There is a course fee covering transportation costs within Tanzania, park fees, teaching, teaching material, food and accommodation. Course fee does not cover travel costs to and from Tanzania. Students will be required to have their own visa and international travel health insurance. The course is physically demanding (trekking in connection with fieldwork).

Notice that the students participating in this course must expect expenditures around DKK 10,000.

The students also need a visa which the student can acquire in the airport (the fee is $50). The turist visa is valid for three months.
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The course will be completed with each student doing a 5 page written assignment after returning from the field part. The titles for the assignments will be given to the students before they return to Denmark, and the students will have one week (40 hours) to write the essay. The essay is weighted 100% of the grade.
Exam registration requirements

Active participation in the field part of the course.

Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Flere interne censorer
Re-exam

As the ordinary exam.

If the student has not fullfilled the exam registration requriments the student must take the course again next year.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam Preparation
  • 40
  • Course Preparation
  • 26
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Field Work
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 30
  • Excursions
  • 38
  • Total
  • 206