RFEL3080 - Scientific Research Seminar in Natural Resource Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

This course is composed of group work, scientific seminars and guest lectures during the entire master programme. The main goal of this course is to give the students an interdisciplinary overview and acquaintance of current topics within the field of ecology, ethology, evolution as well as biological- and social perspectives regarding sustainable management of natural resources. Each student will give two presentations of their master projects, the first one early in the study to discuss the scientific plan, the other one late in the study to discuss the results and interpretations of the student's project. The course also includes group work where the students prepare their presentations and seminars where specific topic will be presented. Guest lectures will be given by senior researchers, mainly international guests. Group work and seminars require active contributions from the participants.

Learning outcome


The candidate will have:

  • Deep and specialised knowledge of modern theory and scientific work
  • Thorough understanding of scientific processes
  • Understanding and use of relevant models, methods and analysis techniques
  • Understanding of relevant current scientific biological questions.

Skills: The candidate knows how to

  • Present a scientific project,
  • Critically evaluate own work
  • Formulate of project goals, hypotheses and discussion in a scientific project
  • Critically analyse and discuss scientific materials/presentations

General qualifications: The candidate knows how to:

  • work both independently and in collaboration with others, including interdisciplinary teams
  • communicate research results to specialists and to a broader audience through oral presentations in English
  • contribute to knowledge within their specialization
  • actively participate in scientific discussions

Learning methods and activities

Learning methods and activities

Seminar: ca 50 hours each year, mandatory participation

Group work: ca 15 hours per year, mandatory participation

Teaching will be in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance
  • Presentasjoner

Further on evaluation

More detail about the contents of the portfolio will be given through Blackboard at the start of the semester. All parts of the portfolio must be approved for the student to pass the course. To pass, six presentations must be approved and at least 75% attendance at group work and seminars is obligatory.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Admitted participant in Master of Science in Natural Resources Management

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Term no.: 4
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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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