BI2033 - Population Ecology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course presents modern population ecology as an interesting and dynamic field. Central in the course is to give an understanding of the abiotic and biotic ecological mechanisms that determine the distribution and abundances of populations in nature. The course introduces central theories within population ecology which include the importance of abiotic factors, competition, predation, herbivory, dispersal, diseases and harvesting strategies for fluctuations in population sizes. There will also be an introduction, including practical exercises, in how to estimate important population parameters related to demographic patterns and growth of populations.

Learning outcome


The student will:

  • Have knowledge and understanding of theories about biotic and abiotic factors that influence the distribution and abundance of individuals in wild populations.
  • Understand the significance of competition, predation, herbivory, dispersal, diseases, stochasticy and harvesting strategies for changes and fluctuations in population sizes.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of methods that are applied to estimate important population parameters related to demography and population growth.


The student can:

  • Explain and reflect about central ecological theories and ecological mechanisms which influence the distribution and abundance of individual in populations.
  • Apply different mathematical models that describe demographic properties in populations and estimate essential population parameters.

General competence

The student has:

  • The ability to disseminate knowledge about central theories and reflect independently around important ecological mechanisms that influence changes and fluctuations in population sizes.

Learning methods and activities

The course includes lectures, exercises and a semester project

Lectures: 30 hours

Seminar/groupwork: 10 hours

Exercises: 32 hours

Compulsory assignments

Seminars: Approved participation and oral presentation.

Exams outside the teaching semester (spring) may be given as an oral exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved participation in seminars

Further on evaluation

The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester (autumn) when the course is not taught.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI233 7.5
MNKBI230 6.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Zoology
  • Ecology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-29 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 28
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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