Natural Science Methods 4301

Course Objectives

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills so they are able to plan and carry out scientific field and experimental studies; particularly with respect to the collection, preparation, analysis and evaluation, and presentation of data. Emphasis will be placed on a critical approach to the understanding of scientific methods and evaluation.

Course Description

Data processing, statistical models and analyses and their fundamental characteristics will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on the properties of the various models and analytical methods which are relevant to environmental protection issues. Analytical methods and their close relationship to the design of field and experimental studies will be stressed. With this information, the students should be able to validate and precisely define approaches to problems, both methodically and analytically; plan their own studies; choose methods; carry out the collection of appropriate data and execute analyses which are as relevant and precise as possible. Also important will be the students’ ability to understand and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the methods and analyses employed in their own and other people’s scientific investigations. The exercises will involve the practical use of design and analysis methods.

Learning Methods

60 hours of lectures, seminars and problem-oriented exercises.
The instruction is based on 3 intensive one-week modules, distributed over the autumn semester. Each day begins with a lecture involving central elements of the curriculum. The lectures will, as far as possible, attempt to use specific and relevant problem-based examples.
It is expected that the students will participate actively with problem-solving and their personal projects daily. The students will discuss and work with assignments related to the lecture themes and practical exercises.

Assessment Methods

Grades will be given for two part-exams: submitted exercises count collectively for 40% and a written 3-hour final examination will count for 60% of the final grade. Both elements must receive a passing grade.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Jan Heggenes <>, last modified Anette Norheim Fredly - 31/01/2008