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BI445 Ecology

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

What is ecology and how can we use ecology to understand nature and the society? The course in sectioned according to the text book and deals with

  • Natural history and Evolution
  • Adaptations to the Environment
  • Population ecology
  • Ecological interactions
  • Communities and Ecosystems
  • Large-scale ecology

In each section we aim at highlighting both general ecological principles and theoryexamples that are relevant in both a Norwegian and in an applied context. As such this course is spanning from basic to the applied aspects of ecology that are relevant for students in environmental sciences.

Learning Outcome


  • basic ecology, and ecological processes and functions
  • the importance of biological diversity
  • global change ecology
  • applied ecology


  • use ecology to understand the living nature
  • write and use terms of ecology to explain or explore various ecology related issues
  • use ecological knowledge to solve fundamental and applied ecological questions

General competence:

  • Communicate ecological knowledge, analyses and conclusions
  • Apply ecological knowledge in natural resource management and planning
  • Understand the importance of ecological knowledge to solve local and global challenges in the Anthropocene
  • Obtain ecological knowledge required for further studies in environmental sciences

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures, lab and other studentactive excersises

Compulsory learning activities

Participation in labwork and approved lab report

Participation in excursions

Participation in seminar


Written assignment (40%)

Written exam, 4 hours (multiple choice; 60%)

Grading scale: A-E/F (fail)

Examination support material


More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • BI445 - Økologi og evolusjon - Reduction: 10 studypoints
  • BI445 - Generell økologi - Reduction: 10 studypoints