Danish Natural Habitats, Ecology and Characterization

Course content

An introduction to the Danish natural terrestrial habitats and their preconditions. Methods for describing groups of organisms (e.g. plants, fungi, beetles) and vegetation structure, deadwood and soil conditions as indicators.


MSc Programme in Biology

Learning outcome

To give students an overview of Danish terrestrial habitats, their ecology and their organisms (plants, animals, fungi). To practice description and characterization of locations using essential ecological parameters and appropriate groups of organisms.

After the course the student can:


  • define the most important Danish natural terrestrial habitats, and account for their history
  • regognize the most important Danish habitats from their organism composition (plants, animals, fungi)


  • identify which taxa are relevant to characterize a particular habitat
  • identify and apply relevant identificatoin literature for relevant groups of organisms


  • communicate basic functional/ecological aspects of the main Danish natural habitats

Lectures, discussion and project work hours for 7 weeks.

See Absalon.

It is an advantage to have followed the course "Organismernes diversitet" or equivalent.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

The field course has a fee which covers food and beverages.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 1 hour under invigilation
Oral examination, 20 minutes, no preparation time
Continuous assessment based on presentation of specific habitats on the field course (weights 20%). Oral examination based on delivered report of project work in the Copenhagen area (weights 40%). Written examination, 1 hour (weights 40%).
All part-examinations must be passed separately, but not necessarily in the same exam period.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examinators
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 14
  • Excursions
  • 37
  • Project work
  • 153,5
  • Exam
  • 1,5
  • English
  • 206,0