The course aims to provide students with a theoretical and
systematic knowledge of ornithology as a basis for continued
learning about birds. The students will learn about the methods
used in ornithological research and thereby obtain the ability to
evaluate ornithological studies. Furthermore, they will obtain
competences in communicating about scientific ornithological
studies. After the course the students will be well qualified to
start Master’s Thesis project within ornithology.
Key areas: Bird biology, including identification and taxonomy, functional morphology, ecology, evolution and behavior.
Evaluate scientific ornithological papers
Define ornithological questions and devise solutions
Reflect on the solution to ornithological problems and general inference
Describe ornithological methods and apply a selection of these method Analyse ornithological data sets
Identify most Danish bird species
All extant bird orders
Basic aspects of the ecology, evolution, functional morphology and behaviour of birds
“See Absalon for a list of course literature. Example of course literature: Graham Scott Essential Ornithology. Oxford University Press.”
Various original research papers
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Class Instruction
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minutes (incl. grading)Written assignmentThe group report must be handed in one week before the exam. The oral examination consists of a discussion of a scientific paper known from the course and the written report/project. Oral examination without preparation time.
Weight: written report 50 % and curriculum 50 %; The grade is based on an overall evaluation of the two part exams.
It is a requirement that the student has participated in writing a group report.
- Only certain aids allowed
The written assignment is with all aids allowed
The oral exam is without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
As the ordinary exam - the same or revised written report can be handed in before the Re-exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning Outcome