AB-832 Arctic Marine Molecular Ecology (10 ECTS)

Apply here

ID:
AB-832
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
16 October 2017
END DATE:
24 November 2017
COURSE PERIOD:
Autumn semester (October–November), annually.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS with AB-332
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Curriculum; Ca. 350 pages
COURSE COSTS:
Fieldwork, NOK 400–1000 (2–5 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
9/18 students (AB-332/832 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
As soon as possible

INSTRUCTORS:

Tove Gabrielsen
Tove Gabrielsen
Associate Professor, Arctic Marine Biology

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a relevant PhD programme.

Academic content:

Molecular genetics represents a continuously more significant part of the toolbox of marine ecologists. Such tools are invaluable in studies of e.g., biodiversity, microbial ecology, environmental genomics and transcriptomics, trophic interactions, and in general in studies aiming to understand the evolutionary backdrop of ecological processes. We will utilize the Isfjorden system as our own marine laboratory where samples for molecular genetic analyses in the UNIS molecular laboratories will be collected.

The combination of field-based high Arctic studies with the use of molecular genetic techniques enables an increased understanding of the high Arctic ecosystem. The course will focus on select parts of the marine ecosystem, although giving an introduction to the whole system. The utility of molecular tools will be discussed and demonstrated, and will represent a significant part of the student projects.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe the utility of molecular tools in marine ecology.
  • Explain which molecular technique is most appropriate to different ecological questions.
  • Understand the advantages and caveats of using molecular genetics in ecology.
  • Briefly describe the key components of the Arctic marine ecosystem.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • Utilize genetic tools for their own projects.
  • Plan and carry out a study in molecular ecology.
  • Use relevant statistic tools to analyse data obtained in typical molecular ecological projects.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • Communicate their results to the scientific community.
  • Write scientific reports based on own samples and data analyses.
  • Being responsible for the planning and leading of small research projects.
  • Write research proposal for a relevant project.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 6 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AB-332. Field sampling will be conducted to secure samples for the student projects, either as one-day excursions or staying out a few days in Isfjorden utilising UNIS research vessels. The unique high Arctic molecular laboratories of UNIS will be utilised for student projects. Training in the use of relevant bioinformatic analyses will be given.

Total lecture and seminar hours: 30–40 hours.
Laboratory work: 7–10 days.
Excursions: 2–5 days.

Compulsory learning activities:

Field excursions, laboratory work.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method
Percentage of final grade
Project report  (scientific paper manuscript) 40%
Oral exam 40%
Write research proposal 20%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.
Only the final grade will be reported, based on an average of the grades from the examination parts.

Application deadline: As soon as possible

To apply, send an e-mail to study@unis.no stating which UNIS course(s) you would like to apply for, and which study programme you are enrolled in at your home university for autumn 2017. We will then ask for more documentation if needed.

Want to know more about this course? Read this blogpost from a former student

Students on ship deck in the dark season

AB-332/832 students on a research cruise in November. Photo: Anna Vader/UNIS

CONTACT INFO

The University Centre in Svalbard
Telephone: +47 79 02 33 00
Fax: +47 79 02 33 01
E-mail: post@unis.no / webmaster@unis.no
Address: P.O. Box 156 N-9171 Longyearbyen
Org. no. 985 204 454

Sitemap

UNIS logo

Slogan

Research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts

TOP