BIO102 Botany, BIO103 Zoology and BIO206 General Ecology
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to
characterize marine biodiversity and understand the biological, economical and ethical value of the life in the oceans
identify major challenges to preserve marine biodiversity
apply research skills to propose management actions
use critical thinking to discuss marine conservation issues in debates
evaluate initiatives for conservation of marine habitats and species
Marine conservation biology is the science of conservation of diversity and variability in marine ecosystems. The course provides an introduction to the maintenance, loss, and restoration, of biodiversity in a marine context, and the importance of eco-evolutionary processes in the maintenance of the variety and diversity at the population and species level. The course also provides an introduction to conservation genetics and how molecular approaches can enhance conservation of marine resources. The course also covers the legal framework and the implementation of different management strategies with particular focus on Norway and the Skagerrak coast. At the beginning of the course the students will get an introduction to statistical analyses and practical exercises in using R and R Studio (coordination with BIO201 and BIO204).
This course will consist of lectures, paper discussions, students-led debates of controversial issues and group presentations. It is mandatory attendance and active participation in paper discussions and debates. Students will work in groups on a marine conservation case which will be submitted and presented orally. The course has an expected scope of work of 270 hours.
Participation to all seminars, debates, excursions, and group assignments, must be approved.
Assessment methods and criteria
Portfolio including 1.5 hour individual written home examinartion (35 %), individal written assignment (30 %), group assignment oral + written presentations (35%).
Graded assessment A-F.
The person responsible for the course, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.