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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Methodology and Sampling in Environmental Management

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Helge Ro-Poulsen (7-6c69706b69767444666d73326f7932686f)
  • Department of Biology
Course number: NBIK14022U

Course content

Practical sampling of soil, water and bioindicators in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, followed by laboratory analyses and statistical analyses, including planning of sampling and chose of methods in relation to the purpose of the sampling. Emphasis shall be on comparison and discussion of the suitability of different methods in relation to strengths and weaknesses of collected data, time consumption and scientific experience. There shall be strong focus on reporting and presentation of the different sub-projects included in the course.

Learning outcome

Having concluded the course, the participants are expected to be able to plan and conduct adequate sampling of water, soil and plant material in relation to environmental problems, to perform correct statistical data treatment and presentation of the results and to communicate the findings and conclusions written and oral to end-users.


Theoretical and practical knowledge about common-practice sampling methodology to evaluate nature quality and pollution of the most important natural environments (terrestrial ecosystems, lakes, streams and sea), including which bioindicators and physical-chemical parameters that are most relevant in specific cases.


Improved hands-on experience with field sampling, laboratory analyses and statistical data treatment, including planning and chose of methodology in relation to the environmental problem to be investigated. Critical analysis of results obtained in relation to methodology, available resources and expertise. Improved experience with presentation of findings.


Ability to independently plan, conduct and report environmental analyses. Qualifications to critically evaluate similar investigations, reported by others.

Recommended prerequisites

Completed BSc in Biology or equivalent.

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MSc Programme in Biology


Study Board of Biology and Animal Science

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Anders Michelsen, Dean Jacobsen, Kirsten Christoffersen, Lasse Riemann


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

Field work with collection of samples and data in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments; group work in laboratories; discussion hours and project work.


No limit




Category Hours
Lectures 12
Excursions 17
Preparation 83
Seminar 19
Project work 75
English 206


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
Five reports shall be delivered (two terrestrial and three aquatic (lake, stream and sea)) according to a set schedule. Minimum two of the reports shall be made individually.
The five reports are equally weighted, and they must be passed separately and in the same exam period.

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

To pass, the student shall convincing and precisely demonstrate knowledge, skills and competences as described above.

Censorship form

No external censorship
One internal examiner


Written assignment based on material handed out 48 hours before delivery.

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