BI2033 - Population Ecology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written examination 100/100 4 timer

Course content

The course presents modern population ecology as an interesting an 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 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 popuations.
Understand the significance of competition, predation, herbivory, dispersal, diseases and harvesting strategies for changes and fluctuations in population sizes
Have knowledge and understanding of methods that are allpied to estimate impotyant population parameters related to demograpgy and population growth.

The studen 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 have
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

Compulsory assignments
Approved semester project, oral presentation

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved participation in seminars

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI230 6.0
MNKBI233 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2016

Language of instruction: English


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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 2015-12-03 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 2016-06-08 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
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