Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BP030
Credits (ECTS)6
Category01 (Introduction)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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dr. H. Huber
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.C.J.M. de Kroon
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.C.J.M. de Kroon
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.C.J.M. de Kroon
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. J.C.J.M. de Kroon
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW3  (25/01/2021 to 04/04/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksStudents who want to follow this course as part of a premaster or minor, contact the premaster/minor student advisor
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After this course you can describe and apply
  1. Concepts, models and methodologies used in the ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems (P1, P2)
  2. Concepts and methodologies used in the ecology of mutualism and parasitism, partly with respect to humans (P1, P2)
  3. How global ecological and environmental problems affect the functioning of ecosystems (P1, P2)
Using the knowledge acquired you are able to
  1. Formulate hypotheses addressing current environmental and ecological issues (P2, P6, A1)
  2. Include recent scientific literature and evaluate it critically (P6, A1)
  3. Design a scientific study and deliver it orally and in a written report (A2, A4)
  4. Carry out these tasks and discuss them in a group (A3, A4)
This first-year’s course in Ecology gives an overview of the relationships between populations, communities and ecosystems and their environment, and its interest for nature conservation and human health. We include the ecology of mutualism and parasitism, as well as some basic evolutionary principles. We illustrate the topics with appealing examples from current conservation and environmental practice. We show how insight in ecological principles are essential for finding solutions with respect to combatting the effects of pollution, trecovery of biodiversity, and mitigating global climate change.
You learn the theory from textbook, with a series of lectures providing the context, some additional material and illustrative examples. Tutorials are devoted to a better understanding of classical mathematical models in ecology. After preparing the material independently at home, you solve the exercises in small groups in the class room, with assistance from the teachers.
The “Radboud Research Project” is devoted to the significance of scientific research for the many current societal issues. Here you work in small groups on an applied problem of your interest, linked to ecology theory. Problem subjects comprise a variety of environmental and conservation issues. With the students in your group, you analyse the problem and formulate a new plan for research providing new insight. You derive the necessary information from the literature and scientific internet sites. Every group reports on their subject by means of a short written essay and presents the research plans to other students who have worked on similar topics, followed by a critical discussion.

Instructional modes
  • Lecture
  • Presentation
  • Response course
  • Tutorial
  • Self-study

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
  • exam on material in textbook, lectures and tutorials, counts for 75%, minimum grade 5.0
  • essay and presentation of your research project, counts for 25%, minimum grade 5.0

Required materials
Essentials of Ecology, 4th Edition Michael Begon, Robert W. Howarth, Colin R. Townsend ISBN: 978-0-470-90913-3 Wiley, Sep 2014 480 pages

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Exam Q3

Attendance MandatoryYes

Sustainability certificate

Test weight3
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

Test weight1
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4