The course gives a comprehensive description of the different marine ecosystems including open waters, soft and hard bottom environments(e.g. macrophyte communities and coral reefs). The ecosystems are described at the system level as well as at the organismal level. The habitats and the biology of the organisms are presented in conjunction to their ecology and importance for the productivity and turnover of organic matter. Behavioral, physiological and evolutionary aspects of life in different marine habitats are presented. The implications of the enormous size differences in marine waters are discussed. Human impact on ecosystems is discussed. The topics are covered through lectures, theoretical exercises, and demonstrations. Guest lectures and the course teachers present current research topics.
It is recommended to take this course together with the “Experimental Marine Biology course” (NBIK21002U); see “remarks” below
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
By attending the course the student will achieve:
The student can identify, describe and has a general overview of water as a medium for living organisms including hydrography, diffusive and turbulent transport. The student can describe and has a general overview of different marine organismal groups, i.e., viruses, bacteria, phototrophic and heterotrophic protists, metazooplankton, macroalgae, invertebrates and fish. The student can identify and describe selected life processes in water and sediment (i.e., photosynthesis, growth, food uptake and energetics, degradation of organic matter, sedimentation, behavioral and chemical interactions between the organisms). The student can identify, describe and has a general overview of how processes like growth, competition, predation, reproduction strategies and general physiology determine the occurrences of organisms in time and space. The student will be able to relate these processes to differing marine environments and place them in a comprehensive biological context.
The student will be able to explain the structure and function of different marine systems spanning from productive eutrophic estuaries to the blue oligotrophic open ocean. The student will be able to explain how the different marine systems depend upon the relationships with the microbial food web, cascade effects and bentho-pelagic coupling. The student can explain the general biology, diversity and life processes of marine organisms as well as adaptations to their environment. The student will be able to explain and summarize how human activities may affect the life in the sea on a regional scale as well as on a global scale.
The student will be able to evaluate the importance of hydrography, diffusive and turbulent transport for the life of marine organisms and for biogeochemical processes. The student can evaluate how processes like growth, reproduction, grazing, competition and predation can influence the occurrences of organisms in time and space. The student can generalize existing knowledge concerning the structure and function of different marine systems spanning from productive eutrophic estuaries to the blue oligotrophic open ocean. The student can evaluate how human activities may affect the life in the sea on a regional scale as well as on a global scale.
Lectures, theoretical exercises and demonstrations. Some of the teaching may take place at the Marine Section in Helsingør. In those cases, the teaching will be streamed via the internet, so that physical attendance is not required.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
The course is a mandatory part of the Marine Biology programme. It runs simultaneously with the Experimental Marine Biology course (NBIK21002U), and it is recommended to take both courses in the same block. The Experimental Marine Biology course gives an introduction to modern techniques used in experimental marine biology , and consists of a series of demonstrations and “hands on” experiments with different sizes and functional groups of marine organisms.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes with 20 minutes preparation time
- Type of assessment details
- Oral examination in one of the written assignments and course syllabus. The oral presentation counts 100% of the grade.
- Exam registration requirements
Four written assignments must be approved by the responsible teacher during the course.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
The same as the ordinary exam.
If the exam registration requirement is not fulfilled, four written assignments must be handed in and approved no later than three weeks before the reexamination.
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)
- Theory exercises
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 1
- No limitation
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board for the Biological Area
- Department of Biology
- Faculty of Science
- Per Juel Hansen (8-544e4c657277697244666d73326f7932686f)
Michael Kühl, Mathias Middelboe, Jens Høeg, Bent Vismann, Katrine Worsaae, John Fleng Steffensen, Lasse Riemann and guest lectures, post docs and PhD students.
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