SGBK21001U Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi

Volume 2021/2022
Education

MSc Programme in Biology

Content

The course gives an overview on the ecology, morphology, evolution and taxonomy of larger fungi. The main focus is on field mycology and identification of fruitbodies based on morphological characters, and how these approaches can be used in research and conservation. Methods for studying fungi in the field and lab are demonstrated, and species identification involving microscopy and interactive computerbased keys is trained. In addition scientific papers will be discussed based on student presentations. and introductory lectures will be given. The course has a hands-on approach to learning, and uses the interactive citizen science platform “Svampeatlas” as a social learning platform. The course involves a mandatory six days field course (week 35), and independent project work in September-November. During the project period, three 2 hr group sessions will be arranged to discuss progress and challenges with the projects. In addition research based lectures will be given to give a state-of-the art perspective on the field.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge:

By completing the course the student can:

  • demonstrate an overview of the ecology, evolution and taxonomy of larger fungi
  • recognize a selection of common or otherwise relevant fungal species from the Danish nature
  • outline the characteristics of several fungal orders prodcing macrofungal fruitbodies
  • demonstrate an overview of data sources and advanced approaches to fungal species identification.

 

Skills:

By completing the course the student can:

  • identify unknown fungi using the relevant tools of identification
  • recognize the most important poisonous fungi
  • utilize the fungi as tools for e.g. bioindication and conservation
  • design ecologically relevant field studies of fungal communities.

 

Competences:

By completing the course the student can:

  • understand challenges and relevant tools related to the study of macrofungal communities
  • undertake identification jobs related to fungi
  • identify and handle fungal biodiversity in nature management

See Absalon

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures, workshops, project work and practical exercises. The course involves a mandatory six days field course at a field station, placed just prior to block 1.
Notice that the couse includes a mandatory six days field activity (week 35, just prior to block 1) and continues with independent project work in block 1.

The course is identical to the discontinued course NNMK14010U Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi. Therefore you cannot register for SGBK21001U - Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi, if you have already passed NNMK14010U Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi.
If you are registered with examination attempts in NNMK14010U Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi without having passed the course, you have to use your last examination attempts to pass the exam in SGBK21001U - Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi. You have a total of three examination attempts
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 6
  • Preparation
  • 10
  • Practical exercises
  • 40
  • Excursions
  • 20
  • Project work
  • 130
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Total
  • 207
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
Written assignment, 50 hours (report)
The report must be handed in one week prior to the examination
Weight: written report (50 %), oral examination (50 %). The grade is based on an overall evaluation of the two part exams.
Exam registration requirements

To qualify for the exam the student must participate fully in the field activity (6 days).

 

Aid
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
Re-exam

The report can be reused in a new exam attempt.

If the student is not qualified for the exam then the student must follow the course again next time it is offered.

Criteria for exam assesment

See the learning outcome