Applied Literature Survey Ecology & Evolution


Course Objective

All 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
overarching level.

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 Content

The applied literature survey focusses on an applied ecological
question. 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 Methods

Every 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 Assessment

At 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%)


Selected papers

Target Audience

Students in MSc Ecology, specialization Ecology and Evolution or
specialization International MAster of Biodiversity Ecology and
Evolution (IMABEE)

Additional Information

In order to successfully start up and complete the literature thesis it
is of major importance to read carefully the manual on:

General Information

Course Code AM_1226
Credits 12 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. J.T. Weedon
Examiner dr. J.T. Weedon
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.