RFEL3080 - Scientific Research Seminar in Natural Resource Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

This course is composed of group work, and guest lectures and seminars by researchers from academia as well as by representatives from institutions working with natural resource management outside academia. The course runs during the entire master programme. The main goal of this course is to give the students with background within the fields of ecology and geography an interdisciplinary overview and acquaintance of current topics within 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 topics will be presented. Group work and seminars require active contributions from the participants.

Learning outcome


The candidate will have:

  • Thorough understanding of scientific processes and use of relevant models, methods and analysis techniques
  • Understanding of relevant current natural resource management questions.
  • Understanding of how they can use their education in contributing to development of sustainable natural resource management


The candidate knows how to:

  • Present a scientific project
  • Formulate of project goals, hypotheses and discussion in a scientific project
  • Critically evaluate own work
  • 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 discussions about natural resource management

Learning methods and activities

Seminars and lectures: 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, 2 presentations must be approved and at least 75% attendance at group work and seminars is obligatory.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Natural Resources Management (MSNARM)

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 2023

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Term no.: 4
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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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