Arctic Biology Field Course

Course content

The Arctic Biology Field course builds on previous Arctic courses taken and is for students, who want to get in depth with a specific Arctic subject through an experimental group project (2-3 persons). The course has 3 phases:

1) Planning of the projects during 2-3 meetings held in Copenhagen during block 4,
2) Experimental field work at the Arctic Station, University of Copenhagen, in Qeqertarsuaq at Disko, West Greenland, during 10 days in July,
3) Analysis of data and writing of report in Copenhagen during July-August.

The theme for each course alternates between aquatic and terrestrial subjects from year-to-year. The actual themes can be optained trough the course responsible during September the year before the actual course will take place.

All field work activities take place at Arctic station. In addition to the group projects there are mandatory excursions to selected locations in walking distance from the station. In the evenings lectures will be given by the scientific leader of the station, guest researchers and by the teachers about research and monitoring activities at Arctic Station.

Students who want to apply for opportunity to participate in the Arctic Biology Field Course must submit a motivated application (see details below) from 1 September and no later than 15 October the year before the course will take place. The application must follow the format bescribed and should be send by mail directly to the course responsible. It is recommended to discuss project ideas with the teachers who are responsible for the course.

The selection of participants are based on relevance of the course, grades, motivation of the applicants, balanced mix of gender, project themes and feasibility.

Education

MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

  • Comprehensive understanding of Arctic ecosystems
  • Detailed knowledge of organization and interactions of biota in aquatic or terrestrial consortia
  • Explain how organism, populations and ecosystems respond to environmental factors, human interference and climate conditions.
     

Skills:

  • Carry out practical field work under challenging Arctic conditions
  • Apply general morphological, physiological and reproductive strategies in arctic organisms in the discussion of the acquired results
  • Apply general population dynamics in relation to environmental conditions
  • Apply general element cycling of the Arctic in the discussion of the acquired results.
  • Include general knowledge on arctic abiotic conditions in the treatment of the results of the project
  • Mediate the ideas of the project and the acquired results in terms of a project report and in an oral presentation of the investigation.


Competences:

  • Understanding the scientific process from the idea of a project to completing a report of the study
  • The ability to work in a group and to take responsibility for preparing a scientific report with in a deadline
  • Gather and analyse experimental data

Experimental group projects with intensive guidance during project planning, field and lab work, data analyses and writing. The student groups present their progress and results to the other students and the teachers during all phases of the course.

See Absalon.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

NBIB14025U Basal arktisk biologi or NBIK14013U Arctic Biology or other similar courses with similar qualifications in Denmark or other countries.

The course is recommended for students aiming at Msc thesis project in relation to Arctic ecology.

The students must have an individual health and travel insurance.

A common report (in English) based on all project reports performed during the Arctic Biology Field Course will be published on behalf of Arctic Station.

The fee paied by the students is not refundable when the travel arrangements are booked (typically in December).

Each student must contribute with approx. 6000 DKK as co-financing for accommodation and other costs.

If applying under "Copenhagen Summer University" all cost must be paid and the student must be enrolled at UCPH.

Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, group report
Group report must follow the format and scientific level of a scientific paper. The specific contribution of each student must be clearly specified as part of the report (an appendix). Page limits is max 12 pages excl. references and appendixes. Further details will be given during the course. Submission deadline is fixed to 15 August. The report is evaluated by the course teachers. The grade and a concise written evaluation will be given before 1 September.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 15
  • Preparation
  • 20
  • Lectures
  • 8
  • Project work
  • 60
  • Guidance
  • 15
  • Field Work
  • 58
  • Laboratory
  • 30
  • English
  • 206