Course ObjectiveAll master students in Ecology and Evolution are required to carry out a
thesis based on a literature survey (12 ec). The aim is to demonstrate
the ability to efficiently process material in a given field and to
evaluate this critically in order to answer research questions at a more
IMPORTANT: A extensive manual containing the forms and a description of
all procedures and requirements of the literature thesis Ecology and
Evolution can be found on:
Course ContentThe literature survey can focus on a fundamental ecological question but
may also take a more applied ecological approach. The topic and research
question are free of choice.
Prior to participating in any thesis or literature survey, both student
and faculty staff member and external supervisor (if applicable)
involved should fill out a written application and agreement form. This
form (and others) can also be downloaded from:
Teaching MethodsEvery literature survey has to be approved by the master coordinator in
advance (on behalf of the examination board). Therefore you should hand
in a proposal that you have discussed with the faculty staff member
and/or external supervisor.
Consult the manual for the literature survey for further details
concerning writing of the proposal and the thesis.
Method of AssessmentAt the end of the literature survey the student gives an oral
presentation of the work in the Department of Ecology. The work and
presentation will be assessed by the VU supervisor in consultation with
the external supervisor, if applicable.
Literature theses will be will be assessed according to the following
A. Execution (25%)
B. Thesis (50%)
C. Oral Presentation (25%)
Target AudienceStudents in MSc Ecology, specialization Ecology and Evolution or
specialization International MAster of Biodiversity Ecology and
Additional InformationIn order to successfully start up and complete the literature thesis it
is of major importance to read carefully the manual on:
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. J.T. Weedon|
|Examiner||dr. J.T. Weedon|
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