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Cursus: NWI-BP027B
NWI-BP027B
Biodiversity
Cursus informatieRooster
CursusNWI-BP027B
Studiepunten (ECTS)6
Categorie01 (Inleidend)
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica; BioWetenschappen;
Docenten
Docent
C. Swinkels
Overige cursussen docent
Examinator
dr. W.C.E.P. Verberk
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Docent
dr. W.C.E.P. Verberk
Overige cursussen docent
Coördinator
dr. W.C.E.P. Verberk
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Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. W.C.E.P. Verberk
Overige cursussen docent
Collegejaar2023
Periode
KW4  (08-04-2024 t/m 31-08-2024)
Aanvangsblok
KW4
Onderwijsvorm
voltijd
OpmerkingStudents who want to follow this course as part of a premaster or minor, contact the premaster/minor student advisor
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersNee
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
Plaatsingsprocedure-
Cursusdoelen
  Learning objectives
At the end of the course you:
  1. will know the basic principles underlying the taxonomy and phylogeny of plants and arthropod animals, with a focus on biodiversity in the Netherlands (A1)
  2. will be able to properly use identification keys in order to identify the order, family and in some cases species to which a plant or arthropod belongs (A5)
  3. can list ecological factors and their influence on the distribution of plant and animal species in floodplain landscapes and forested slopes of push moraines (A2, A3, A4, A9)
  4. can work in groups to collect data on the occurrences of plants and animals and the ecological field conditions using basic techniques, critically interpret such data, and coherently report the main conclusions (A3, A4, A7, A8, A11)
Inhoud
Contents
In this course you will eventually perform your own research investigating the ecological conditions that influence the diversity of plants and arthropod animals in the field. This introduction to field ecology requires that you first learn to identify plants and animals. By guided computer modules and studying real specimens in the lab you will gain an understanding of the main plant and animal groups and the morphological traits used to distinguish them, building on the knowledge gained during the courses ‘Evolution and adaptation of animals’ and 'Evolution and Development of Plants'.
Field excursions to various landscapes in the area around Nijmegen (e.g. floodplains, push morraines) will illustrate to you how abiotic conditions in the field are linked to the occurrences of plants and animals. You will then perform your own research in the floodplains, collecting data on the occurrences of plants and animals. You will analyze these data to ascertain which ecological conditions influence the diversity of plants and arthropod animals in the field and you will orally present your findings to your peers.

Instructional Modes
  • Lecture
  • Lab practicals
  • Field excursions
  • Self-study
Niveau
This course can be challenging as you will be confronted with a lot of new information. However, if you apply yourself it will be doable, fun and you will learn a lot.
Voorkennis
Required prior knowledge: Highschool level of Biology, Mathematics and Physics.
Preferred prior knowledge obtained from the following courses (or equivalents): Ecology (BP030), Evolution and Development of Plants (BP003B) en Animal Evolution and Adaptation (BP004C).
Toetsinformatie
Your grade will be determined by an individual digital assessment (weighting factor 2/3) and a group exercise (weighting factor 1/3).
  • The digital assessment comprises three parts and will test your skills in recognizing and identifying vascular plants (contributes to 3/7 of the assessment grade) and arthropod animals (contributes to 3/7 of the assessment grade). For both the parts on plants and on animals you have to meet the threshold of a 5.5. In addition, knowledge of the lectures will be tested (contributes to 1/7 of the assessment grade). Minimum grade 5.5
  • The group exercise comprises conduction your own ecological research in the floodplains near Beuningen. The grade will be determined based on a presentation and your group performance. Minimum grade 5.5
Bijzonderheden

Verplicht materiaal
Handleiding
Aanbevolen materiaal
Studiemateriaal
Microscoop, loep, snijdoos en scheermesjes
Werkvormen
Cursus
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Practicum
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Sustainability certificate

Toetsen
Digi-Cirrus
Weging2
ToetsvormDigitale toets met CIRRUS
GelegenhedenBlok KW4, Blok KW4

Presentation
Weging1
ToetsvormPresentatie
GelegenhedenBlok KW4, Blok KW4

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