Syllabus for Population and Community Ecology

Populations- och samhällsekologi

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG309
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2010-04-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements:

    150 credits complete courses including alternative 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry or 30 credits earth sciences; alternative 2) 90 credits biology. In both cases, the biology should contain Ecology or Limnology.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre


The course is based on the students' background in ecology from basic courses and provides a deeper knowledge in ecological theory. The course comprises a considerable amount of group assignments stressing the planning scientific investigations and the analysis of ecological data (computer simulation, numerical and statistical calculations) that are presented orally and in written form.

The course gives training in evaluation and critical assessment of research results. The emphasis is on how to handle ecological data to answer problems relevant for ecological research and for practical applications within the nature conservation and sustainable development. The course gives skills in using mathematical and graphic models to analyse population and community processes and from these interpreting results and formulating new hypotheses.


The teaching is given in the form of lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars, computer exercises, literature assignments and project work. Participation in lab practicals, seminars, computer exercises, literature assignment and project work is compulsory.



Reading list

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Last modified: 2022-04-26