Syllabus for Independent Project in Environmental Science

Självständigt arbete i miljövetenskap


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG635
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Environmental Science G2E
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2017-03-09
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 90 credits, including 60 credits in Environmental Science.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • plan, perform and present an individual project in environmental science with relevant methodology
  • search for relevant scientific literature and critically summarise and interpret it
  • generate problems and hypotheses to explain the observations made in the chosen area of specialisation
  • present his/her syntheses and conclusions in Swedish or English, to different target groups, both in scientific and popular scientific styles
  • have a good ability to handle text and present data (figures, tables), references, etc. according to the format specified for the particular genre
  • give and receive constructive criticism of manuscript drafts


The course consists of an individual project that is performed independently, in such a way that knowledge from earlier courses are applied, and constitutes the degree project for the Bachelor's degree in environmental science. The student can choose to make this as a scientific project or as a literature survey, in both cases including generating problems and hypotheses, collection and handling data as well as report writing.  Features that are of relevance for a future career as an environmentalist include: literature search and compilation, presentations using various techniques and media and practice in reading and critiquing others' manuscripts.


The teaching is performed as of supervision, lectures and seminars.


The project shall lead to three presentations:

  • a scientific essay in Swedish or English
  • a summary in Swedish or English in the form of a popular science article
  • an oral presentation of the project in Swedish or English
If the scientific essay is written in Swedish the summary should be in English, and vice versa.

To obtain a passing grade, the student must actively participate in the seminars and present approved presentations. 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

Decided by responsible supervisor in collaboration with the student.