Courses

Biology, Molecular biology and Bioinformatics

We offer a wide variety of courses in biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. For the majority of our intermediate and advanced courses, the language of instruction is English, while it is Swedish for our courses at the bachelor's level. Most of our courses are full-time courses and you are generally not supposed to take more than one course at a time.

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The academic year is divided into an autumn and a spring semester, both divided once again into two periods.

A 15 credits course lasts for one period. Full-time courses of 7.5 credits are either offered during the first or the second part of the period.

You find full course descriptions, prerequisites, and how to apply on Lund University's central web pages.

Here we have gathered short overviews of our courses, course literature and links to the most recent schedule.

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Christina Ledje

Study advisor molecular biology, International coordinator

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 16
Email: Christina [dot] Ledje [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Lotta Persmark

Study advisor biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Semester dates 2020/2021

Autumn period 1

31 August 2020 – 30 October 2020

Autumn period 2

2 November 2020 – 15 January 2021

Spring period 1

18 January 2021 – 23 March 2021

Spring period 2

24 March 2021 – 4 June 2021

Courses at bachelor's level

When you start your studies at a university you take courses at bachelor's level. The language of instruction in most of our courses at this level is Swedish. Today we only give one course in English, Animal Behaviour.

Animal Behaviour BIOF08, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring term.

The course in short

This course gives you a good understanding for animals and their behaviour. Topics dealt with include

  • how to perform behavioural studies
  • reproductive behaviours and mating systems
  • animal communication and social behaviours
  • cognition
  • ethology of domestic animals
  • human behaviour
  • animal ethics
  • animal welfare

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Animal behaviour at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Animal Behavior, 2 edition, (2015), Breed and Moore, Academic Press, ISBN:978-0-12-801532-2

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Animal Behaviour in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Anders Brodin
Professor

Botany and Zoology BIOB10, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

You study the world of eukaryote organisms in a evolutionary and functional way by looking at:

  • life forms, organisation levels and building plans
  • systematic classification and phylogeny
  • species concept and evolutionary processes
  • life cycles and reproduction biology
  • economical value of organisms
  • plants growth and development
  • photosynthesis, metabolism, water absorption and transport of water and nutrients
  • interaction between plants and their environment
  • plant bio-technical methods and applications

Literature spring 2020

Animal Diversity, 8 edition (2017) Cleveland P. and Hickman Jr., mcGraw Hill ISBN: 9781259756887 or
Animal Diversity, 7 edition (2014) Cleveland P. and Hickman Jr., mcGraw Hill ISBN: 9781259095559
Biology, 5 edition (2019), Brooker, McGrawHill, ISBN 9781260569988
Botanik: systematik, evolution, mångfald, 1 edition (2008) M. Widén and B. Widén, Studentlitteratur, ISBN: 978914404304

Schedule

Latest schedule for the course Botany and zoology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Nils Cronberg
Senior lecturer

Cell- and Microbiology BIOA10, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

The course starts with an introduction to the origin of species; classification and diversity, including definition and origin of life; phylogeny; systematics; taxonomy; the concept of species. You are also introduced to biological and molecular biological model organisms. You learn about the structure and composition of cells in micro-organisms, plants and animals.

Literature spring 2020

Biology (2019) 5'th ed, Brooker, Widmaiers, Graham & Stilling, McGrawHill. ISBN: 9781260569988
Introduktion till Mikrobiologi, 3:a uppl. 2017, Carlsson & Linder, Studentlitteratur, ISBN: 9789144118857

Schedule

Latest schedule for the course Botany and zoology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Fredrik Johansson
Associated senior lecturer

Ecology BIOC10, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during both the first part of the autumn semester and the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

You will learn the basics about ecology and evolution. The theory is connected with practical moment where you have an opportunity to practice experimental design, writing reports, oral presentations and critical examination of scientific reports.

Literature autumn 2020

Elements of Ecology, 9 international edition (2015) Smith and Smith, ISBN: 9781292077406 or 2013, 8 edition, ISBN 9781292027593 or 2012, 8 edition. ISBN: 9780321796578.

Schedule

Latest schedule for the course Botany and zoology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Autumn semester

Magne Friberg
Senior lecturer

Spring semester

Christoffer Johansson
Senior lecturer

Ecology BIOC12, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

You will learn to understand different ecological levels, from individuals to ecosystems. You will also learn to account for basic ecological processes and to describe different ecological systems. Exercises in population theory and statistics and a short field exercise are also included in the course.

Literature autumn 2020

Elements of Ecology, 9 international edition (2015) Smith and Smith, ISBN: 9781292077406.
Handouts

Schedule

Latest schedule for the course Ecology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Christoffer Johansson
Senior lecturer

Environmental Law MNXC01, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester. The course is a collaboration with the Department of Business Law.

The course in short

You will learn the most important rules of law about the society's measures to protect the environment in Swedish environmental law. The course will also give you an orientation in important environmental rules in EU and other international courts.

Literature autumn 2020

Den svenska miljörätten, Iustus förlag, 4 upplagan, Michanek och Zetterberg, Ennos & Johnsson (2017) 9789176789513
En introduktion till förvaltningsrätten, Warnling Conradson, 12 upplagan, (2018) Norstedts Juridik,
Miljölagar, 2020, Natlikan förlag

Handouts

Schedule

Latest schedule for the course Environmental law in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers questions about admission. Coordinator Pernilla Håkansson (Pernilla [dot] Hakansson [at] har [dot] lu [dot] se (Pernilla.Hakansson@har.lu.se)) answers questions about course.

Experimental Design and Analysis for Biologists BIOB11, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

You learn about the connection between modern biological investigative science and methods, testing of hypothesis and research ethics. You will also study basic statistics and probability theories, data management, methods in statistic analysis of biological experiments, design of experiments and evaluation of experiments. 

Literature spring 2020

Statistical and data handling skills in biology, 4 edition, Ennos & Johnsson (2018), Pearson, ISBN 978-1-292-08603

Schedule

Latest schedule for the course Experimental Design and Analysis for Biologists in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Anders Nilsson
Professor

Faunistics and Floristics BIOB12, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

In this course you will:

  • practice identifying plants and invertebrates
  • observe, collect and identify plants, vertebrates and invertebrates in the field
  • get an overview of common and important animal groups
  • see demonstrations of plants' pollination and reproduction adaptations
  • get to know important biotopes related to species composition and conservation aspects

Literature spring 2020

Svensk småkrypsfauna (2004) Gärdenfors, U., Hall, R., Hansson, C., och Wilander, P. Studentlitteratur
Insekter (2004) Dowes, P., Hall, R., Hansson, C., och Sandhall, Å.
(can be bought from Mediatryck, Lunds University)
Svensk flora. Fanerogamer och ormbunksväxter (2013) 29 edition, Krok & Almquist, ISBN10 9147100591
Botanik - systematik, evolution, mångfald (2008) Widén M.  & Widén B., Studentlitteratur

Schedule

Latest schedule for the course Faunistics and Floristics in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Faunistics

Erik Svensson
Professor

Floristics

Nils Cronberg
Senior lecturer

Field Faunistics BIOF04, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered every other year during the summer. Next time 2022.

The course in short

During the course we will focus on species knowledge, identification methods and applications of faunistics in nature conservation. You will study insects in particular, but we also work with birds and some other groups. You will start to learn how to identify already collected material. You will then identify animals in their natural habitat. If possible, we collect living animals and release them after identification.

Literature summer 2020

Insekter - en fälthandbok, Douwes et. al, ISBN 9174240390
Fågelguiden, Svensson et. al, 2 edition, ISBN 9789174240399

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Andreas Nord
Researcher

Floristics BIOB05, 4 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the summer.

The course in short

You learn how to recognise and identify plants in nature. You will also learn how plants are built and the terminology flora and other botanical literature use. We will go though the big and important plant families in the Nordic countries.

Literature summer 2020

Svensk flora, fanerogamer och ormbunksväxter, 2013, Krok & Almqvist, 29 edition.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Mikael Hedrén
professor

Floristics – Intermediate course BIOF03, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered every other year during the summer. Next time 2021.

The course in short

You will get a deeper knowledge of plant species and different forms. You will also practice using identification literature, analyse plant communities, and make inventories of the flora. You will also learn about important utility plants like spices, fruit, and vegetables. 

Literature summer 2020

Svensk flora, fanerogamer och ormbunksväxter, 2013, Krok & Almqvist, 29 edition.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Stefan Andersson
Professor

Genetics and Evolution BIOA11, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

You will learn about heredity systems, mechanisms for sex determination, meiosis, recombination, mapping of genes, and analysis of chromosomes as well as other basic genetics. We will also look into evolutionary processes at gene, organism, and populations levels.

Literature autumn 2020

Genetics - a Conceptual Approach (2016) Pierce Benjamin A., 6th edition, WH Freeman. Maybe a newer edition.

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Genetics and Evolution in our schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Christina Ledje answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Torbjörn Säll
Professor

Klas Flärdh
Professor

Human Biology and Evolution BIOF06, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered in the autumn semester and is given part-time.

The course in short

You will learn about:

  • The origin of humans
  • Evolution of diseases
  • Stress and immunology defence
  • Life history characteristics of humans and how they have evolved
  • Human partner choice and sexual selection
  • Evolution of human cooperation
  • Evolutionary aspects of human sexuality
  • Health and fitness activities in everyday life
  • Human food and eating habits

Literature autumn 2020

Handouts

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Human Biology and Evolution in our schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Erik Svensson
Professor

Human and Animal Physiology BIOC11, 7.5 credit

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered in the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

You will learn how bodies are built, important physiological processes and how they are regulated, differences between animal groups, and adaptations to the environment.

Literature autumn 2020

Animal Physiology (2016) R W Hill, G A Wyse, and M Anderson, 4 edition, International Edition, Sinauer Associates, ISBN: 9781605357379

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Human and Animal Physiology in our schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Caroline Isaksson
Senior lecturer

Human Physiology BIOC01, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered in the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

You will study how the human body is built and its functions, from the cellular level across tissues and organs to the whole body level. Among other things, you will learn about basic concepts and principles, signalling between cells, the function of the nervous system and sensory organs, and regulation of body temperature.

Literature autumn 2020

Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function  (2018) 15 edition, Widmayer EP, Raff H, and Strang KT., McGraw-Hill

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Human Physiology in our schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Christina Ledje answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Ronald Kröger
Professor

Molecular Biology MOBA03, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered in the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

After the course, you will have a broad biochemical and molecular biological knowledge about the function of eucaryote cells. You study the organisation of genetic material, regulation of gene expression, metabolism, cell membrane, extracellular matrix, cell walls, transport of vesicles, and signal transduction.

Literature spring 2020

Molecular biology of the cell, 6 edition, Alberts B et al., (2014) Garland Science

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Molecular Biology in our schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Christina Ledje answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Urban Johanson
Professor

Allan Rasmusson
Professor

Nature Conservation BIOC05, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course is offered in the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

We focus on the ecologist tasks and contacts in the society applicable to nature conservation. You will learn how and who takes care of the Swedish forest and how you may influence the care. You will also study how the cultural landscape has evolved and how you take care of conventional and ecological farming.

Literature autumn 2020

Compulsory

Biologisk Mångfald i Sverige, Monitor 22 (2011) Bernes C. Naturvårdsverket, ISBN: 978-91-620-1290-S
Skogsdynamik och arters bevarande (2005) Nicklasson M och Nilsson S.G. Studentlitteratur, ISBN: 97891440034461
Det skånska kulturlandskapet
(2002) Emanuelsson, U. et. al.

Optional

Naturvårdskedjan: för en effektiv naturvård, CBM´s skriftserie 48 (2011). Almstedt Jansson M et al. Centrum för Biologisk Mångfald, ISBN: 9789189232600

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Nature Conservation in our schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Åke Lindström
Professor

Courses at master's level

When you have studied courses at bachelor's level, you can proceed and take courses at master's level. These courses are primarily taken by those who are admitted to a master's programme. The courses have different prerequisites and often require that you have finished specific courses.

Antibiotics – Biology and Chemistry BIOR56, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

The course is designed for those who seek deeper knowledge about antibiotics in the perspective of biology and chemistry. Such knowledge is valuable for professional work in many different areas such as environmental biology, human and veterinary medicine, pharmacology, biotechnology, and national and international politics.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Antibiotics – Biology and Chemistry at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Antibiotics: Challenges, Mechanisms, Opportunities. C. Walsh and T. Wencewicz, ASM Press, (2016), print ISBN 9781555819309, e-ISBN 9781555819316. Available as an e-book on American Society for Microbiology's website through the Biology Library

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Antibiotics – Biology and Chemistry in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Christina Ledje answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Klas Flärdh
Professor

Applied Ecotoxicology BIOR52, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This course is an advanced course in biology aiming to provide understanding and practical knowledge of how ecotoxicological theories and models are applied and implemented by different stakeholders in society, mainly outside academia. An overall aim is to identify the role of ecotoxicology in society and to practice the use of your knowledge of ecotoxicology to resolve issues or problems caused by the use of chemicals in society. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Applied Ecotoxicology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Applied Ecotoxicology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Olof Berglund
Senior Lecturer

Aquatic Ecology BIOR82, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This course deals with both freshwater and marine systems. The aim is to give an increased understanding of the scientific process in general and a deeper knowledge base in aquatic ecology in particular. This course provides you with a solid ground for PhD studies in limnology and marine ecology, but it is also useful if you want to work within this science field but outside academia.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Aqutic Ecology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

Recommended

How to write and publish a scientific paper by Robert A. Day
How to write and illustrate a scientific paper by Björn Gustavii
Writing Scientific Research Articles, Strategy and Steps by Margaret Cargill and Patrick O´Connor or similar.

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Aquatc Ecology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Emma Kritzberg
Professor

Bioinformatics and sequence analysis BINP11, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

This course provides both a practical and a theoretical overview of database searching, sequence alignment, phylogenetic and gene prediction, and genome analysis. The practical exercises exemplify how computational methods can be applied to real-world investigations of problems of biomedical and biological relevance.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Bioinformatics and sequence analysis at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, 2015, 3 edition, Jonathan Pevsner, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 978-1-118-58178-0
Handouts

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Bioinformatics and sequence analysis TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Dag Ahrén
Senior lecturer

Bioinformatics: Programming in python BINP16, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

This hands-on course will give you experience and knowledge of programming in general and in Python in particular. The focus is especially on applications in bioinformatics. The working environment is Linux and the course will develop the students’ skills in Python but also in Bash and CGI (Common Gateway Interface). 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Bioinformatics: Programming in Python at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Bioinformatics: Programming in Python in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Eran Elhaik
Senior lecturer

 Biological Monitoring BIOR39, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

The main objective of this course is that you learn to optimise time in the field in order to obtain maximum information about the conditions and status of the natural environment. In this course, general methods in monitoring programmes and documentations are treated in lectures, seminars and excursions. Throughout the course we are visiting and gather data of the area Kulturens Östarp both in real life and through old maps.

Course literature spring 2020

Handbook of Biodiversity Methods (2006), Hill, Fasham, Tucker, Shewry and Shaw, Cambridge Univ Press, ISBN-978-0521-82368-5

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Biological Monitoring in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Olof Hellgren
Senior lecturer

 Bryophyte Morphology and Identification BIOR73, 5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is an online course and offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

You will study representatives of the bryophyte lineages mosses, liverworts, and hornworts to learn about their morphological characters, reproductive strategies, habitat requirements and ecological roles. You will learn to use the botanical terminology for bryophytes. Experts on different groups will guide you through the secrets of species determination. You will get an overview of bryophyte phylogeny and diversity. Bryophytes have a life-cycle dominated by the haploid generation, in strong contrast to other land plants which are dominated by the diploid generation. You will examine the different stages of this life cycle and get insights into the genetic consequences of such a life cycle.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Bryophyte Morphology and Identification at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Introduction to Bryophytes. A. Vanderpoorten & G. Goffinet. Cambridge University Press 2009. ISBN: 9780511537202 (available as an e-book through Lund University)
Mosses and liverworts of Britain and Ireland – a field guide. British Bryological Society. 2010. ISBN: 9780956131010 Can be ordered directly from the British Bryological Society
Bryophyte Ecology. Volume 1. Physiological Ecology, Glime, Janice M., 2007 Ebook sponsored by Michigan Technological University and the International Association of Bryologists

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Nils Cronberg
Senior lecturer

Cellular and Molecular Immunology BIOR75, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

The theoretical parts of the course are treated both in lectures and in group exercises in the form of literature seminars. The first weeks provide a general introduction to the immune system. Here the basic concepts and principles are introduced and will prepare you for the rest of the course. This second part of the course is divided into several themes, each partnered with a literature seminar to develop a deeper understanding of the topic. Training in flow cytometric analysis will be given through a computer lab and associated lecture.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Cellular and Molecular Immunology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Janeway’s Immunobiology; 9 edition (2016) Murphy, Garland Publishing Inc.

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Cellular and Molecular Immunology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Christina Ledje answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Daniel Engelbertsen
Associated researcher

Lars Råberg
Senior lecturer

Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology BIOR84, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

Our aim is to provide a synthetic overview of the major principles and techniques associated with cellular and molecular neurobiology. The subject matter includes the detailed mechanics underlying neuronal signaling and cellular function to how these properties are invoked across development and during neuronal plasticity. A major emphasis in the course is on the application of techniques that are driving major research advances in this field, including optogenetic manipulation end gene editing approaches to manipulate neural circuits and identify function. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Principles of Neurobiology, (2016) Liqun Luo, Garland Science (CRC press)

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Christina Ledje answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Marcus Stensmyr
Senior lecturer

David O'Caroll
Professor

Conservation Biology BIOR83, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This course focuses on the scientific foundations of conservation. An important part of the course is to provide deep knowledge about theory that is important for conservation biology, such as population dynamics in small populations and heterogeneous landscapes and conservation genetics. The course also touches upon ethical considerations related to conservation.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Conservation Biology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Conservation Biology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Christina Ledje answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Ola Olsson
Senior lecturer

DNA Sequencing Informatics I BINP28, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This hands on course will give you the experience and provide the tools that are needed to analyse next generation sequencing data. It is particularly focused on the analysis of:

  • transcriptome data
  • amplicon data
  • genome data

Working environment is Linux and the course will develop your skills in Bash and Python.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course DNA Sequencing Informatics I at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Anna Runemark
Researcher

DNA Sequencing Informatics II BINP29, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This hands on course will give you additional experience in analyzing next generation sequencing data. It is particularly focused on the downstream analysis after assembly of:

  • transcriptome data
  • amplicon data
  • genome data

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course DNA Sequencing Informatics II at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Dag Ahrén
Senior lecturer

Ecotoxicology BIOR41, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

This course is aiming to provide understanding and practical knowledge of the fate, uptake, and effects of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment. We study and apply ecotoxicological theories, models, and common methods and approaches concerning: fate of pollutants in the environment using fugacity based multimedia partitioning models; uptake and accumulation using models of bioconcentration and biomagnification, and effects on different levels of biological organisation: cellular, organism, population and ecosystem using ecotoxicological test methods with different endpoints.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Ecotoxicology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Principles of Ecotoxicology (2012) Walker, C.H., Hopkin, S.P., Sibly, R.M. & Peakall, D.B. 4 edition, Taylor & Francis, NY. ISBN-13: 9781439862667

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Ecotoxicology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Olof Berglund
Senior lecturer

Evolutionary Animal Ecology BIOR81, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

This is an advanced course in ecology focussing on understanding evolutionary processes on the level of individuals, populations and species. The basic goal of the course is that you will learn to understand how evolutionary processes act on animals, that is you will learn “evolutionary thinking” applied to ecological questions (for example costs and benefits of different behaviours or the process shaping phenotypic traits of animals. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Evolutionary Animal Ecology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Evolutionary Analysis. 5 edition. Herron JC & Freeman S. 2015. Pearson Education. ISBN 10: 1-292-06127-8 (global Edition).

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Evolutionary Animal Ecology in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Dennis Hasselquist
Professor

Susanne Åkesson
Professor

Fisheries Ecology BIOR67, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

  • Fishing equipment and methods, their selectivity, direct and indirect consequences for aquatic populations, and habitats.
  • Statistical methods for estimating fish numbers and handling uncertainties.
  • Calculating the relation between fish population sizes and recruitment.
  • Evaluating population dynamics in systems of different complexity, from unstructured single-species systems to structured populations and multi-species systems.
  • Illustration of direct and indirect effects of different harvesting and management strategies.
  • The fishing industry's socio-economic and bio-economic significance.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Fisheries Ecology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Marine Fisheries Ecology. Jennings, S., M. J. Kaiser, & J. D. Reynolds. 2001. Blackwell Science, Oxford. ISBN 0-632-05098-5.

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Questions

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Course coordinator

Anders Persson
Professor

Genetics Analysis I BIOR59, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

In the courses Genetic analysis I and Genetic analysis II, the students are trained in areas that are of great importance in several biological disciplines. Whenever genetic data are used, in research and practical applications, the methods introduced in these courses are useful. This applies to the analysis of marker data as well as of complete sequences. Examples of such areas are association mapping in human and medical genetics as well as in plant and animal breeding. In these fields, both marker data and quantitative genetics are of the utmost importance.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Genetic Analysis I at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 11 edition, Griffiths AJF, Wessler SR, Carroll SB, Doebley J. 2015.Freeman

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Course coordinator

Torbjörn Säll
Professor

Genetic Analysis II BIOR60, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

In the courses Genetic Analysis I and Genetic Analysis II, the students are trained in areas that are of great importance in several biological disciplines. Whenever genetic data are used, in research and practical applications, the methods introduced in these courses are useful. This applies to the analysis of marker data as well as of complete sequences. Examples of such areas are association mapping in human and medical genetics as well as in plant and animal breeding. In these fields, both marker data and quantitative genetics are of the utmost importance.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Biology: Genetic Analysis II at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

An introduction to genetic analysis, 11 edition,Griffiths AJF, Miller JH, Suzuki DT, Lewontin RC, Gelbart WM. 2015. W. H. Freeman & Co

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Course coordinator

Torbjörn Säll
Professor

Immunology BIOR85, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during both the first part of the autumn semester and the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

The course gives a comprehensive overview of the different components and processes of the mammalian immune system. The course covers innate and acquired immunity, infection biology, and host-pathogen interactions, mechanisms behind autoimmunity and allergy, vaccination, and evolution of animal immune systems. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Immunology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Basic Immunology; Abbas A K & Lichtman A H, 6 edition, Saunders/Elsevier, 2019.

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Questions

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Course coordinator

Lars Råberg
Senior lecturer

Limnology BIOR17, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

The main focus of this course is the structure and function of limnic ecosystems. This is carried out by the presentation of recent theories and models about physical processes and biogeochemical cycles in relation to organisms and their interactions. In this context, we discuss the microbial loop and trophic interaction hypotheses. Moreover, man’s and society’s influence on the limnic ecosystem is illustrated. The course also includes training in chemical analysis and water sampling techniques as well as exercises in species knowledge of phytoplankton, zooplankton, macrophytes, macroinvertebrates, and fish.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Limnology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature autumn 2020

The Biology of lakes and ponds, Brönmark, C. & L-A. Hansson (2018) 3 edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-871360-9

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Course coordinator

Anders Persson
Senior lecturer

Limnology and Marine Ecology - Organisms and Habitats BIOR86, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

In this course, we include the physical and chemical properties of water, species in the different organism groups, and relationships in and between populations and their environment. We also discuss the effects of human impact on aquatic ecosystems. During field trips to different aquatic habitats typical for southern Sweden, we study the relationships between abiotic conditions and the adaptations of organisms. We collect and analyse samples for analysis of water chemistry, microorganisms as well as plant and animal communities. During practical work project groups, you will acquire experience in the most important field and laboratory methods and knowledge of the characteristics of different aquatic environments. You will also carry out an individual project during the course.

Questions

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Marine Ecology BIOR65, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

The course presents the structure and function of different marine ecosystems (mainly the Swedish, but also oceanic, the deep-sea and coral reefs are treated). We also treat trophic interactions, flows of energy between land, air, and the marine environment, and human impact on marine ecosystems. The course contains practicing of chemical analyses, sampling techniques, species knowledge within plankton, invertebrates, macroalgae, and fish. The teaching and learning activities are lectures, fieldwork, laboratory work, seminars, and group discussions.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Marine Ecology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature autumn 2020

Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impact (2011) Kaiser, M.J. et al., Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-922702-0

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Course coordinator

Per Carlsson
Associate professor

Methods in Molecular Biology BIOR79, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

The theoretical part covers the molecular principles and mechanisms underlying the experimental approaches. The actual content is updated every year to accommodate the most recent methods. Some examples of the methods dealt with are:

  • genetic engineering using various techniques;
  • sequence analysis, genomics, and metagenomics;
  • gene expression analysis such as microarray techniques and real-time RT-PCR;
  • protein analysis, proteomics, and recombinant protein production;
  • protein interaction and localisation studies in vitro and in vivo.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Methods in Molecular Biology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Wilson and Walker’s Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2018, 8 edition, Hofmann A and Clokie, S, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1-316-61476-1. Available as an e-book.

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Course coordinator

Olivier van Aken
Senior lecturer

Microbiology BIOR18, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

The theoretical parts are treated both in lectures and in problem-solving seminars. The first part of the course deals with the physiology and diversity of microbes. It gives a modern view of the microbial world and its phylogeny. The structure and function of the prokaryotic cell is discussed in detail. The growth of microorganisms is analysed from several aspects. You will be guided through the remarkable metabolic diversity of microbes, which gives essential knowledge for understanding industrial and environmental applications, as well as the roles of microbes in the global cycles of the elements.

The first part of the course prepares you for the following weeks. Here you are introduced to important current topics in microbiology. One week gives an introduction to medical microbiology, including bacterial toxins, antibiotics, and resistance. Another week is dedicated to modern microbial ecology, during which you apply the fundamental knowledge acquired during the course so far to the study of microbes and their activities in the natural habitats. Finally, you learn about several industrial, agricultural, and biotechnological applications of microbiology, and make study visits to see microbiology in action at real working places for microbiologists.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Microbiology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Microbiology and evolving science, 4 edition. Joan L. Slonczewski and John W. Foster. Norton, ISBN: 978-0-393-64051-9

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Course coordinator

Fredric Carlsson
Seinior lecturer

Microscopy – Bio-Imaging BIOS08, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

The course includes an introduction to microscopy, with emphasis on fluorescence microscopy, and theoretical principles of confocal microscopy and image deconvolution. We give an overview of different types of advanced research microscopes and the principles of the most common advanced methods. There is also an introduction to electron microscopy and some “imaging methods” that are not based on optical microscopes. Another important aspect is the preparation and optimisation of samples for microscopy, both fixed samples and tissue sections, as well as living samples. The different types of molecular markers and staining methods are discussed, allowing microscopic visualisation of cellular structures and physiological functions. The course also includes a theoretical introduction to digital visualisation, with emphasis on fluorescence-based methods, including a brief introduction to ImageJ and basic analysis of digital images.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course icroscopy - Bio-Imaging at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Optical Imaging Techniques in Cell Biology, 2 edition, Cox, G. (2012), CRC Press. (NOTE! The book will be freely available as an e-book through the Biology library. You do not have to buy it!)

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Course coordinator

David O'Carroll
Professor

Modelling Biological Systems BIOS13, 7.5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered part-time during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

This course is well suited for masters students interested in biological modelling, how models work, and what they are good for. Nature is complex and often several factors interact also in seemingly simple processes. Models are useful tools to disentangle complicated relationships, to build a comprehensive description of a process, or simply to present your own thoughts in an unambiguous way. Models are also necessary to make predictions about the future, test different scenarios, etc.. In a good model, one can manipulate one factor at a time, which is often impossible in nature.

The course is suited for all biology students - we try to include examples from as many fields of biology as possible.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Modelling Biological Systems at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

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Course coordinator

Jörgen Ripa
Senior lecturer

Molecular Biotechnology BIOR31, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring term.

The course in short

This course reviews applied aspects of molecular biology, production of heterologous proteins in insect cells (so-called Baculovirus Expression Vector System), cereal plant biotechnology, and drug development. A special focus is on entrepreneurship and how to start a biotechnology company. Many lectures will be given by external speakers from small newly started companies but also from multinational industries in the region, as well as patent attorneys and commercialisation support organisations. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Molecular Biotechnology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

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Course coordinator

Mats Hansson
Senior lecturer

Molecular Ecology and Evolution BIOR25, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

Molecular DNA techniques are now instrumental in a wide range of applications from conservation biology to evolutionary ecology. You will learn how to use such methods in the lab and in computer-based analyses and to read scientific papers using molecular techniques. It is a practically oriented course providing the basics for DNA analyses in any kind of free-living organism. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Molecular Ecology and Evolution at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

An introduction to Molecular Ecology (third edition), Rowe, Sweet & Beebee (2017) Oxford University Press (ISBN: 9780198716990)

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Course coordinator

Staffan Bensch
Professor

Molecular Genetics BIOR61, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

The course aims at giving a solid foundation in modern molecular genetics. The focus will be on understanding central principles and fundamental mechanisms for the organization, replication, expression, variation, and evolution of the genetic material, as well on methods for molecular genetic analyses and gene technology. We are building on your knowledge from previous courses and aim at developing, deepening, and broadening your insights and skills in molecular biology and molecular genetics. The course will emphasize commonalities between different types of organisms, and will therefore be useful for students with many different types of specializations or interests. A main theme of the course is to understand molecular genetics as an experimental discipline and to appreciate how knowledge in the field is based on experimental evidence.

Course literature spring 2020

Molecular biology; principles of genome function, 2 edition, Craig et al. (2014), Oxford University Press

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Course coordinator

Marita Cohn
Senior lecturer

Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes BIOR49, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

In this course, we focus on genetic information and its different molecular aspects. You will study the structure of DNA and chromatin, and develop an understanding of how the expression of genetic information is regulated. You will engage yourself in the questions concerning how the DNA is maintained, organised and evolving. The course is research-oriented, and we put a lot of attention to the latest discoveries in gene technology. Because the course includes a major practical part, you will gain experience of molecular biology techniques for the analysis of gene structure and function.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Molecular Biology of the Gene, 7th edition; Watson et al., Pearson Education Inc. 2014 (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press).

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Course coordinator

Marita Cohn
Senior lecturer

Molecular Microbiology BIOR63, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This course focuses on the molecular basis of bacterial, structure, physiology, genetics, and regulatory mechanisms. Bacteria make up the foundation of the biosphere and sustain all life on earth. This course provides insights into how genes are organised and regulated in bacteria and in their viruses. The course comprises molecular biology of genes, proteins, multi-component protein complexes, and other biomolecules that provide structure and perform the organism's functions. The use of genetic engineering and modern techniques such as transcriptomics, proteomics and sequence analysis are included in the course. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Molecular Microbiology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Molecular Genetics of Bacteria, 4 edition  ASM Press, 2013 (ISBN: 978‐1‐55581‐627‐8).
Additional material will be present at live@lund.

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Course coordinator

Claes von Wachenfeldt
Senior lecturer

Mosses, Lichen, Fungi - Biodiversity and Conservation BIOR11, 15 credits

The language of instruction is Swedish. The course will be given once every second year. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester. Next time the course is offered is 2022.

The course in short

The course covers terrestrial Cryptogams, like mosses, liverworts, lichen, fungi, terrestrial algae and charophyte algae. A major focus of the course is to study plant material directly in the field. Therefore, the participants visit a large number of biologically interesting sites, representing various cryptogam-rich habitats in Southern Sweden. Morphological characters and habitat requirements of species are described directly in the field. The natural history of habitats and possible conservations measures are discussed at each site. Species determination is practised at the lab using ordinary light microscopes as well as dissecting microscopes. At the end of the course, the participants carry out a floristic inventory in a defined area.

Course literature spring 2020

Svampar, 1992, Ryman, S. & Holmåsen, I., Stenströms bokförlag
Mossor – en fältguide, 2016, Hallingbäck T., Naturcentrum, ISBN 9789185221301
Fältflora över signaler i skog – lavar, mossor, kärlväxter, 2017, Salomon L., BoD
Svenska skorplavar och svampar som växter på dem, 2001, Foucard T., Stenströms bokförlag.
Will be available as reference literature during the course.

Optional literature

Skyddsvärd skog, 2019, Nitare J., Skogsstyrelsen
Bladmossor: Sköldmossor–blåmossor, 2005, Hallingbäck T. (redaktör), Nationalnyckeln
Bladmossor: Kompaktmoosor–kapmossor, 2009, Hallingbäck T. (redaktör), Nationalnyckeln
Bladmossor: Vitmossor–knappnålsmossor, 2019, Lönnel N. & Hallingbäck T, Nationalnyckeln

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Course coordinator

Nils Cronberg
Senior lecturer

Neuobiologi BIOR58, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

We teach an introductory course that will allow you to continue with more specialised courses, a degree project and start your own research or get a position in one of the large biomedical companies. At the same time, if you do not want to specialise in this field, the course gives you a broad overview that is very useful in many respects, whether you want to study animal behaviour, ecology, become a science journalist or a teacher.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Neurobiology at Lund University's central web pages. 

Course literature spring 2020

Neurosciences - From Molecule to Behavior: a university textbook by G. Galizia and P.M. Lledo (Editors) (Springer 2013 - available as an e-resource from the University Library).

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Course coordinator

Eric Warrant
Professor

Ornithlogy BIOR51, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This is an advanced course in ecology that focuses on species identification, methodology and basic ecology about birds. The course is based on learning the basic skills about techniques for studying birds in the field (including visual identification and identification on vocalizations), as well as theoretical moments about bird morphology, physiology and ecological adaptations. More specifically, the field studies involve learning how to catch and ring birds (using mist nests, examination of species, age and sex in the hand), how to perform line transects and territory mapping, as well as performing studied of nest-box breeding birds (where the course follow two nest-box population throughout the breeding season).

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Ornithology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Ornithology: Foundation, Analysis, and Application (editor M. L. Morrison et al.), Johns Hopkins University Press, Mullarney K, Svensson L, Zetterström D (2010)
Fågelguiden: Europas och Medelhavets fåglar i fält, 2 edition Bonniers (English Collins Bird Guide, Svensson L, et al)

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Course coordinator

Anders Hedenström
Professor

Pharmacology BIOR14, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

The goal of pharmacology is to develop and study drugs used to combat human diseases. It is an applied discipline based on physiology, to a large extent, but also on other biomedical disciplines. This is a course of choice for all students interested in biomedicine. The course will prepare students for postgraduate studies or for future work within the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Pharmacology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Golan, D. E. (ed) Principles of Pharmacology – The pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy. Lippincott W & W 4 edition, 2016 ISBN: 9781496320575 (International edition).
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Course coordinator

Bodil Sjögreen
Senior lecturer

Plant Evolution and Adaption BIOR77, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

Among other things, you will learn how plants adapt to their environment, how plants interact with other organisms, and how new plant species arise in changing environments. The course is broad in its content and touches upon topics such as natural selection, acclimation, ecophysiology, mutualism, pollination syndromes, genetic variation, speciation and conservation biology.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Plant Evolution and Adaptation at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts
Lambers H, Chapin FS & Pons TL. 2008. Plant Physiological Ecology (2 edition) E-book on Springer Link.
Taiz L. et al. 2014 Plant Physiology and Development, Sinauer Association 

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Course coordinator

Stefan Andersson
Professor

Plant Function BIOR76, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

During the course, you will get deep knowledge and understanding of how plants function at different levels of organisation, from molecular biology to ecophysiological level, including the structure and properties of cells, the life processes and their regulation, genome structure, function and evolution, and plant development and reproduction systems. Knowledge of practical applications of plant biology, e.g. production physiology, plant breeding and biotechnology. You will also learn how the methodology used in plant biological work especially description and analysis of mutants and how to find information in plant-specific databases. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Plant Function at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Plant Physiology and Development (2014) Taiz et al. Sinauer. ISBN: 978-1-60535-353-1

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Course coordinator

Olivier van Aken 
Senior lecturer

Plant Systematics and Diversity BIOR72, 10 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This course intends to update and deepen the participants’ knowledge with respect to the diversity, phylogeny and systematics of ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The participants will get an overview of modern morphological terminology. We discuss theories and models based on molecular phylogenies, such as APGIII, the modern classification system of angiosperms. Internet-based tools are introduced and tested. The angiosperm families are presented with special emphasis on cultivated representatives.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Plant Systematics and Diversityat Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Judd WS, Campbell CS, Kellogg EA, Stevens PF, Donoghue MJ. 2016. Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach, fourth edition. Sinauer. ISBN 978-1605353890.

Questions

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Course coordinator

Nils Cronberg
Senior lecturer

Population and Community Ecology BIOR69, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered both during the first part of the autumn semester and the second part of the spring semester

The course in short

We focus on the theoretical background of population and community ecology. Various topics such as competition, predation, community ecology and trophic interactions are treated in lectures, article seminars and a literature project. The course aims to give a deeper understanding of how to formulate hypotheses, design studies and analyse the data that result from these studies. This is done in exercises, in a regional excursion and a research project carried out during the final part of the course.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Population and Community Ecology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Community Ecology, Gary G. Mittelbach. 2 edition, (2019) Sinauer Associates. ISBN13: 9780198835868 (paperbound)

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Course coordinator

Stefan Andersson
Professor

Processing and Analysis of Biological Data BIOS14, 7,5 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered part-time during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

Introduction to SPSS/R, binomial-, poisson- and normal distribution, descriptive statistics and graphs, hypotheses testing, t-test, ANOVAs, correlation, regression, multiple and non-linear regression, chi-square, G-tests, log-linear modeling, logistic regression and survival, discriminant, PCA and cluster analyses.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Processing and Analysis of Biological Data at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Gerry P Quinn and Michael J Keough. 2002. Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists, Cambridge University Press. Recommended: Getting Started with R - An introduction for biologists (2012), Beckerman and Petchey, ISBN: 978-0-19-960162-2

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Course coordinator

Jessica Abbott
Senior lecturer

Sensory Biology BIOR20, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

The course deals with vision and other types of photoreception, olfaction, taste, hearing, equilibrium, mechanoreception, pressure reception, electroreception, magnetoreception and senses for temperature and heat radiation. All senses are studied comparatively across the animal kingdom. A range of methods in physiology, ethology and human psychophysics are taught and used during the course. 

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Sensory Biology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

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Course coordinator

Dan-E Nilsson
Professor

Eric Warrant
Professor

Soil and Plant Ecology BIOR78, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the autumn semester.

The course in short

In the soil and plant ecology course, we explore the intersection of biological, chemical, and geological processes that shape the soil environment. In an era of unprecedented human-induced environmental change, research in this field is advancing rapidly. The course explores the processes underlying biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrients, soil formation and erosion, and we examine how human activities alter these processes. Topics include microbial and plant-mediated carbon and nutrient cycling, the role of biological diversity in biogeochemical processes, the importance of mycorrhiza for plant nutrition, soil food webs, and exploration into how new techniques are advancing studies of the soil environment.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Soil and Plant Ecology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Weil, R.R., Brady, N.C. (2016). The nature and properties of soil. 15 international edition. Pearson education limited. ISBN 9781292162232. Available as course copies
Paul, E.A (2015). Soil Microbiology, ecology, and biochemistry. 4 edition. Elsevier. ISBN: 9780124159556. Available as e.resource from the Biology Library.
Keddy, P.A. (2007). Plants and vegetation: origins, processes, consequences. Cambridge university press. ISBN: 9780521864800. Available as e-resource from the Biology Library.

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Course coordinator

Johannes Rousk
Professor

Toxicology BIOR21, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the first part of the spring semester.

The course in short

To some extent, the contents of the course may change each time it is given, but the following will always belong to the curriculum.

  • General toxicology including the concept of dose-response.
  • Uptake, distribution, metabolism and excretion of toxicants (toxicokinetics).
  • Mechanism of action of a toxicant on the molecular level (toxicodynamics) resulting in the toxic effect on the cell and entire organism.
  • Cell cultures as test systems for toxicity testing.

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Toxicology at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Mechanistic Toxicology. The molecular basis of how chemicals disrupt biological targets. Urs A. Boelsterli. Taylor & Francis. Do not purchase the book. The PDF (2003) online is sufficient for the course.

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Course coordinator

Stina Oredsson
Professor

Water Management BIOR66, 15 credits

The language of instruction is English. The course is offered during the second part of the spring semester.

The course in short

This course aims to integrate theoretical knowledge within aquatic ecology and hydrology to be used within practical water management. Thus, it is an applied course, and through a combination of lectures, practical training, seminars, group projects, field trips and study visits you will obtain a thorough knowledge of the areas that you are supposed to master when working within water management. You will also get a good insight into the work of authorities and consult companies engaged in water management in Sweden. The teaching will be put in the perspective of Swedish and international water management policies and the Swedish Environmental Quality Objectives related to aquatic systems. How should these objectives be followed up? Which measures need to be taken to fulfil these objectives? Do conflicts among the objectives exist?

You find the course description and prerequisites for the course Water Management at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2020

Handouts

Schedule

The latest schedule for the course Water Management in the schedule software TimeEdit.

Questions

Our study advisor Lotta Persmark answers all questions about the course.

Course coordinator

Per Carlsson
Associate professor