Ecological Modelling Online - Autumn 2018

Name of course: Ecological Modelling Online

ECTS credits: 10

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD
Time of year: Autumn 2018
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s): 
40 hours online in the class room + 40 hours for assignments + 200 hours for your own modelling project. Ideally, your own modelling project is an integrated part of your PhD project.
Capacity limits: 16 participants 

Objectives of the course:
Learn how to create you own ecological models, both in principle and concretely, using the Universal Simulator.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- formulate models on paper, composed of inputs, outputs, processes, state variables and driving variables, organised into a meaningful hierarchy of sub-models and their interactions
- implement sub-models in C++ and R using the Universal Simulator 2.0 framework
- choose appropritate generic sub-models for ecological processes (such as population dynamics, dynamic life tables, food web interactions, epidemics) and relevant processes in physiology and the environment. 

Compulsory programme:
Assignments in the first half of the course; presentation of own project during the course. 

Course contents:
Lectures, student presentations, assignments, individual supervision on own modelling project. 

Prerequisites:
Previous experience with programming or modelling is not required but will make the learning curve less steep. 

Name of lecturer:
Niels Holst

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, assignments, student presentation, individual project work.

Literature:
The course follows the Universal Simulator book (freely available at www.ecolmod.org/download.html). The book R for Everyone by J.P. Lander is recommended.

Course homepage:
http://www.ecolmod.org/course.html

Course assessment:
The student must make a final presentation of his/her model at the end of the course (before Christmas)

Provider:
Department of Agroecology

Special comments on this course:
The course offers a limited number of free seats; obtainable by application.

Time:
First lecture will be held 3 September 2018.

Place:
Online.

Registration:
For registration and questions, please send an email to Niels Holst (niels.holst@agro.au.dk).