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Biofabbing & Ecology - Introduction to biology, ecology and digital fabrication

The Bachelor Study Programme in Natural Science
Optional courses
Teaching language


For International students through your local international office.

Questions regarding registration can be directed to natbach-studieadministration@ruc.dk

Academic prerequisites

Stand-alone course with no course requirements. Selected prestudy materials will be provided, and we expect you to study this before course starts.

Foreign language reading proficiency


Course order

The course will be held from June 18 to July 6 2018 (both days included). All work days in the period from 9 am to 4 pm (with lunch break). Evening programs during the fieldtrip.

Overall content

The aim of this course is that the students gain general knowledge about biology & ecosystems, and an introduction to digital fabrication and maker skills. The course covers: ● What is life on a chemical, structural and ecosytem level. ● Central physical and chemical factors, nutrients and mass balances in ecosystems ● The major organisms, their mutual interaction and their interaction with the environment. ● Collection of environmental data. ● Cultivation of samples & organisms. ● Performing test and experiments in the environment or with samples obtained in the environment.

Detailed description of content

At this course you'll get a hands-on introduction to biology and ecosystems. We will look at the abiotic components, the primary production, energy generation and conversion. Look at how you measure these parameters and grow different organisms from bacteria, fungy, algae to small animals and plants. We will learn about standard methodologies to analyse the environment and observe cells and microbes. It's an intense workshop where participants and teachers will work hard, and we expect you to make an effort for the learning and fun of everybody.

Teaching and working methods

The students will gain this knowledge and expertise through: ● Self study, reading and lectures. ● Problem based teamwork, collaboration and peer-learning. ● Applying academic skills in the real world through hands-on testing, interaction and experiences. ● Rapid prototyping of interventions, test and experiments. ● Integrating the knowledge by modifying and building devices that can be used for environmental data collections, observations, or demonstrating scientific, artistic or design oriented concepts. The students will further be introduced to: ● How to program an Arduino microcontroller, sensors, actuators and measuring the real world. ● Laser cutting and other maker skills.

Expected work effort (ects-declaration)


Course material and reading list

Course materials will be provided before the course start.

Form of examination

It's a full time course and students are required to be present and participate actively in the course. The students will be working in small groups with a project with an experimental design. During the course there will be small hand-in assignments supporting the project work. The projects will be presented and discussed at the end of the course. In order to pass it is required to be present at least 85 % of the course and to contribute to all parts for the work including the oral presentation of the project.

Form of re-examination

Classes, which include practical exercises and fieldwork, cannot be replaced by another exam. The above examination can therefore not be replaced by a re-examination.

Examination type
Individual examination
Pass / No pass
None (i.e. course lecturer assesses)
Evaluation- and feedback forms

All courses include formative evaluation during the course based on dialogue between the students and the teacher(s). All courses are also evaluated through a questionnaire in SurveyXact and oral evaluation at the end of the course. The Study Board will handle all evaluations along with any comments from the course responsible teacher.

The responsible course lecturer
Gary Thomas Banta (banta@ruc.dk)
Malthe Martin Borch (mmborch@ruc.dk)
Malthe Martin Borch (mmborch@ruc.dk)
Administration of exams
INM Studieadministration (inm-studieadministration@ruc.dk)
INM Studyadministration (inm-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
STADS stamdata
Valgfrit kursus
Belastning : 5 ECTS Aktivitetskode : U26720
Prøveform : Tilfr. deltagelse (ua) Bedømmelse : Bestået/ikke bestå Censur : ingen censur
Last changed 13/09/2018

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