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Scientific Methods in Freshwater Ecology, 15 credits

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Registration period: 2021-03-22 - 2021-03-29
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Welcome to Scientific Methods in Freshwater Ecology (BIAD12) of 2021!

The course will offer you an insight into how research is carried out from the first idea, through planning, study design, practical work, analysis and scientific writing.

Study guide and course overview

The course goals, learning outcomes and assessment criteria are described and specified in the Syllabus (Kursplan), which is currently being revised. The Syllabus provides the general frames for the course, where as this study guide describes how the individual course modules, learning outcomes and examinations are constructively aligned and how the knowledge you gain throughout the course is preparing you for a future working situation. In other words, this course guide is your key to how to pass the course and at the same time maximizing learning and usefulness of what you learn.

Course contents

The overarching goal of the course, as described in the syllabus, is:

To plan and conduct scientific investigations in freshwater ecosystems, in accordance with research guidelines and with the requirements of certification, identify statistical analysis models, means of illustration, and oral and written techniques of presenting collected research data in limnic environments and analyse and evaluate such material.

The course is given as a second year course within the Master Programme in Biology: Ecology and Conservation Biology, and provides students with essential procedural and declarative skills in scientific writing, statistics and methods useful for future career steps within both academia (master thesis, doctoral studies) and society at large.

Learning activities and procedures

The learning activities throughout the course will focus on writing two scientific reports, which constitute the examination of the course. The reports in question will be based on data collected in the lab (report 1) and in the field (report 2). The reports will be generated step-by-step, by gathering the necessary knowledge to write the main components of a scientific report divided into four modules:

1) Introduction ? 2) Material and methods ? 3) Results ? 4) Discussion

Each module consists of a theoretical introduction with associated group seminars, followed by hands-on exercises, writing sessions and finally feed-back and feed-forward both from your fellow students and teachers.

Obligatory activities

There will be two obligatory activities planned for the following preliminary dates:

1) April 26 – May 2: Lab experiment and fish tagging at KAU and field trip to River Ätran

2) May 31 – June 2: Electrofishing in theory and practice (close to Karlstad)


The final grade of this 15-hp course (U, G, VG) is based on seminars, lab- and field exercises and the two individual essays (reports).


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me: olle.calles@kau.se

// Olle Calles – Course leader

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    ADMINISTRATOR: Kristina Oskarsson  

    COURSE CONVENOR: Olle Calles