Semester 6

The 6th semester consists of
1. Modules (Total of 18 credits)
2. Bachelor's thesis

A page dedicated to the information on bachelor thesis is being constructed.

Global change (6 credits)
Course organization:
1. Global change (Lecture, Modelling exercise, Seminar)

Examination: Presentation (approx. 30 minutes 50%) and written report (max. 10 pages 50%)

Course description:
At the end of this course the students are expected to have insight in the major components of the earth system and how they are connected, understand how environmental processes and biogeochemical cycles are regulated by biosphere-hydrosphere-atmosphere feedbacks and how they are affected by global change through natural and anthropogenic processes, and to understand and evaluate simple biogeochemical models.
Scientific methods and project design (12 credits)
Course organization:
1. Theory and concepts (Lectures and Seminars)
2. Advanced methods (Project with practical training and theory)

Examination: Oral presentation (approx. 15 minutes) and written report (10 pages max.)

Course description:
This B.Sc. preparatory module comprises the (1) acquisition of theoretical and conceptual skills to implement a B.Sc. thesis project and (2) practical training in laboratory or fieldwork to collect and analyze data. Part (1) includes literature acquisition, use of libraries, developing research hypothesis, and presenting a research plan. The student learn how to strategically planning their B.Sc. project, starting from the selection of a topic and title to the development of an individual research proposal up to the critical discussion of actual scientific publications in related fields. Part (2) takes place in tight interaction with part 1. Here the students select their prospective supervisors and learn laboratory and field ecological methods that can be applied to their Bachelor work. The students usually work on a small project and receive hands-on training in modern ecological techniques.