AB-207 Research Project in Arctic Biology (15 ECTS)

Lab work at UNIS. Photo: Katharina Storemark/UNIS

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ID:
AB-207
CREDITS:
15 ECTS
START DATE:
Spring and autumn
END DATE:
Spring and autumn
COURSE PERIOD:
All year round
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
None
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Curriculum, ca. 650 pages based on scientific papers and book chapters
COURSE COSTS:
Fieldwork, NOK 200–2000 (1–10 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
–/12 students
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
N/A
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 October 2018

Course requirements:

60 ECTS within general natural sciences, of which 30 ECTS within the field of biology. The applicant must be enrolled in a programme at Bachelor level, or document that the courses are approved into the applicant’s current study programme.

The course can only be combined with either AB-203 (15 ECTS) or AB-208 (15 ECTS) (spring semester)

Academic content:

This course gives bachelor students an insight into ongoing research at UNIS and gives them the opportunity to conduct their own defined research project, in close collaboration with ongoing research in the department of Arctic Biology. The internship shall include the following: sample/data collection (field sampling and/or laboratory work), data analyses and writing of a scientific report. The course will be offered as a possibility to do a research internship with one of the permanent staff in the AB department, and the scientific content of the course will thus vary depending on which subject the research project will be offered in.

Learning outcomes:

The course will give students insights into ongoing UNIS AB research projects and practice in
1) how to design their own research project
2) how to evaluate their own results and
3) discuss their results in a wider perspective based on the available literature in the field

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • improve their understanding of Arctic biology
  • have a basic knowledge on designing and conducting their own research
  • critically evaluate their own results based on the methodology used
  • be able to discuss their main findings in a broader perspective based on literature available in the relevant field

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

  • formulate hypotheses that can be tested scientifically
  • collect scientific data for research projects in biology
  • analyse scientific data to evaluate proposed hypotheses

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • be able to present results to the scientific community
  • gain insights into how research projects are run
  • get experience from working in a research team

Mutual expectations and specific learning objectives related to knowledge, skills and general competences will be formulated between the intern and the internship host company/organization, facilitated by the faculty supervisor from UNIS.

Learning activities:

The learning activities will include planning of the project together with the supervisor, field and/or lab work assigned to collect data, analyses, and preparing a written report as well as an oral presentation of the results. The curriculum will vary depending on the project. As this course will be offered to individual students by the AB permanent staff, the curriculum will be targeted to each student.

Reading material: 80 hours.
Total seminar hours: 20 hours.
Laboratory work: 10–120 hours.
Fieldwork: 20–90 hours.
Work on field/lab logs, reports, assignments during course period at UNIS: 160–200 hours.

Assessment:

Method Percentage of final grade
Written report 100%

Application deadline: 15 October 2018

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