AB-336 Arctic Mycology (10 ECTS)

How to apply

ID:
AB-336
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
July 2019
END DATE:
August 2019
COURSE PERIOD:
Autumn semester (July–August), annually. The course is cancelled in 2018.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS with AB-836
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Primary scientific literature: 300–350 pages
COURSE COSTS:
Fieldwork, NOK 600 (3 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
9/18 students (AB-336/836 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 April 2019

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a relevant master programme.

Academic content:

Fungi are one of the most species-rich groups of organisms in the Arctic, and have significant impacts on Arctic ecosystem processes. However, knowledge of Arctic fungi is still scarce, making Arctic mycology an exciting topic. Through lectures, exercises and fieldwork, the course will cover topics such as:
1) Arctic fungal diversity, including taxonomic identification through field recognition, classical microscopy and recent molecular technology, 2) Arctic fungal ecology, including how mycorrhizal, saprotrophic and pathogenic fungi drive nutrient and energy cycling in the Arctic, 3) fungal physiology and 4) mutualistic relationships, such as the lichen symbiosis.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have an insight into the diversity, function, and ecology of Arctic fungi, and fungal symbioses and their importance in the Arctic ecosystem. Know and be able to explain current mycological methods and research questions.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Be able to identify fungi both in the laboratory and in the field. Have skills in study design, data analysis and technical report writing

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have gained competence in problem solving related to Arctic mycological research, in the field, in the lab and at a theoretical level. Have competence in both creative and critical thinking in relation to the development of research projects, methodology, and evaluation of one’s own and published data.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 4 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AB-836.

Learning activities includes lectures, seminars, laboratory work, day trips and excursions involving overnight stays. Within the context of a “hands-on” project, students will be trained in study design, data evaluation and technical report writing.

Total lecture hours: 20 hours
Exercises/seminars: 8 hours
Laboratory work: 8–10 days
Excursions: 3–4 days

Compulsory learning activities:

Excursions, laboratory work and report writing.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method Duration
Percentage of final grade
 Written report 70%
 Oral exam 30%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.
One final grade will be reported, based on an average of the grades from the written report and the oral exam.

Application deadline: 15 April 2019

 

Persons looking at two polar bears, Isfjord Radio/Kapp Linné, Svalbard. Photo: Kevin Newsham

Keeping watch over a family of polar bears at Isfjord Radio, Kapp Linné in 2014. Photo: Kevin Newsham

Persons in Colesdalen, Svalbard. Photo: Kevin Newsham

The Arctic Mycology course in Colesdalen in 2015. Photo: Kevin Newsham

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