ECOS1074 Experimental methods in ecology and evolutionary biology (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The course introduces the general philosophy of experimental design and compares the other study methods to experimental method. General design of experiments in the different areas of ecology and evolutionary biology from genes to ecosystems. Practical designing of the experimental tests.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student:
  • understands the significance of experiments for scientific research.
  • is able to formulate hypothesis and deduce predictions and questions from the hypothesis
  • is able to plan ecological and evolutionary biology experiments
  • analyse the main weaknesses and constrains of the experimental method and know how to solve them

Description of prerequisites

Master's level course, BSc or equivalent.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Seminar presentation (pass/fail), exam (1-5)
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Lectures, seminar presentation and discussion about the other presentations, and exam