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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Biodiversity in Urban Nature

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Block 1
Programme level Full Degree Master
ECTS 7,5 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Andrew Gordon Howe (4-68756b8047706e7535727c356b72)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: LNAK10099U

Course content

WHY BUN: Obligations to international conventions, reconnection with nature (psycho-social effects, education, etc.) and other ecosystem services close to everyday life.

WHAT is BUN: Biological diversity (biodiversity) at different levels from genome to ecosystem level. Increasing biodiversity and supporting wildlife of all sorts in urban surroundings.

HOW to increase BUN: Presentation and discussion of scientific literature and practical measures to increase biodiversity and exercises with this; manipulations of urban surroundings which can increase diversity of flora and fauna in urban environment.

Keywords from the course plan:
• Historical perspective of urban landscapes

• Value of nature: ethical, ecological, cultural and economic
• Urban wastelands and brownfields: a space for wildlife  
• Introduced and invasive species in cities​

  • Importance of plant selection in the urban environment

• Living roofs and walls: a reconciliation measure for biodiversity

• Challenges from climate change for diversity in the urban environment
• Biodiversity in public parks and domestic gardens
• Green “corridors” and “stepping stones” – life savers for urban organisms

• Habitat continuity: importance of urban forests, parks and cemeteries

• Practical methods for enhancing diversity and abundance of invertebrates, fungi, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

• Urban agriculture and gardening: influence on biodiversity and on reconnecting with nature
• Importance of education and communication in regards to increasing social acceptance of biodiversity

Learning outcome

When the course has been completed, the participants are expected to have achieved the following:


Knowledge:
- Identification of elements and conditions that promote and increase diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and other arthropods, plants including trees and fungi in the urban environment
- Expected consequences on diversity of practical actions taken
- Interactions between plants, herbivores and organisms on other trophic levels
- Methods for quantification of biodiversity

Skills:
- Able to suggest which actions that in a given situation will result in increased or reduced development in the biodiversity.
- Able to explain relationships and interactions among organisms in a given location and situation, and the reasons for absence or presence
- Ability to analyse and evaluate the potential for development of biodiversity  in a given locality
- Measures to put up a goal for development of biodiversity in a given area and for evaluation and documentation of this ambition

Competences:
- Transform theoretical knowledge to practical action in a situation given limited frames
- Assess biological elements, potentials, and possible development barriers in regards to nature areas in the urban environment
- Discuss biological aspects in relation to management wih focus on authenticity, aesthetics, recreation and other interests

Remarks

Excursions are undertaken on bike and by foot.

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Education

MSc Programme in Nature Management
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management

MSc Programme in Biology

 

Studyboard

Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)

Duration

1 block

Schedulegroup

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Teaching and learning methods

The course will comprise lectures, excursions, practical exercises and student seminars. Group work will focus on a specific self-selected topic and is compulsary for completing the course. Guest lecturers will give first-hand presentations of their research and professional know-how and experiences from the urban jungle.

Capacity

40 students (1 class of 40).

Language

English

Literature

Course literature will consist of selected book chapters and papers. Literature will be freely available on KUnet.

Workload

Category Hours
Lectures 40
Excursions 30
Colloquia 30
Lectures 30
Practical exercises 15
Project work 20
Guidance 11
Exam 30
English 206

Exam

Type of assessment

Written assignment
Oral examination, 25 min
Description of Examination: The individual oral exam consists of a short presentation of the written assignment (6-8 min) followed by questions on the assignment topic (6-8 min). In addition the student will draw a question in relation to lectures and exercises (6-8 min). Passing the course requires, that the combined weighted grade is 02 or above.

During the course the student will choose a subject on which to write a small assignment. The assignment will be delivered to the course responsible at least one week before the final exam. The assignment will be used as a part of the final examination.

The assignment, the individual oral presentation of the assignment and the oral examination on a drawn, general question will each contribute one third to the final grade.

Aid

All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome.

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners.

Re-exam

Identical to the ordinary examination form.

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