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6AE121 Wildlife Research

Learning outcomes

A candidate with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcome:


The candidate

  • has a broad knowledge about different methods used in wildlife research, such as monitoring, density estimates, radio telemetry, trapping and tracking
  • has knowledge about constitutes a scientific study
  • has knowledge about the most common statistical methods and has learned how to write a scientific report


The candidate

  • is able to design and conduct a minor wildlife research study
  • is able to plan, organize and conduct data collection in the field for specific topics
  • can apply basic statistics
  • can present a study and its results as a scientific report
  • is able to read scientific literature and discuss own results in the light of other publications

General competence:

The candidate

  • can conduct small wildlife research projects from design to report
  • can do team work
  • can exchange ideas about and critically discuss different methods used in wildlife research
  • can also reflect about ethical questions regarding wildlife research

Course content

  • Biodiversity, Extinction and Conservation
  • Scientific design: different methods to collect data.
  • Describing and exploring data
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Statistical analysis
  • Scientific writing

Teaching and working methods

The students design and conduct up to three different research projects. These projects are often part of on-going larger research projects of the Faculty. In addition, students get theoretical lectures and exercises on different methods on how to design scientific studies, to collect data, to do statistical analyses, to find and use published literature, and to report data.

Coursework requirements

Participation in research projects


  • Report 1 - groups (35%)
  • report 2 - groups (15%)
  • report 3 - individual (50%)

Grading according to ECTS-system on scale A-E for passed and F for failed. All exams must be passed in order to pass the course.