BB549: Sustainable Future

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher
EKA: N100057112, N100057102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Spring
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N100057101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 24-09-2019


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Archive

Entry requirements

This course cannot be chosen if:

  • You have passed either BB536 or NAT511
  • BB536 or NAT511 are mandatory courses on your programme

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to:
  • Have knowledge of the content from the first year of the Biology study

Course introduction

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are setting up aims for a more sustainable future. But to achieve the goals it requires knowledge, development, interdisciplinary cooperation and innovation. Therefore companies, research institutions and public institutions wants employees with academic competences and knowledge about for example innovation. The aim of the course Sustainable Future is therefore to gain knowledge about and experience with innovation, entrepreneurship, spin-off, carrier management and employability already on 4. semester. The ability to create new ideas, network and cooperate is important competences in a world where the environment and the society need new solutions on topics concerning biology and environment. The course is also focusing on the student’s own abilities to create networks, cooperation possibilities with companies during the study and ways to focus the study towards a future carrier. The course gives a state of the art of selected challenges as e.g. climate adaptation needs due to climate changes, assessment of toxicity, and recovery of plant nutrients by geoengineering and biotechnology, where innovation is needed to ensure a sustainable future. The lectures are combined with external presentations about innovation, entrepreneurship, carrier management and a final innovation project in close cooperation with external companies/institutions. They are contributing with input about actual challenges and/or knowledge gaps. The course are concentrated on 2 intensive camps of 2 and 3 days, respectively. 
In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
  • Give the competence to have an academic understanding of the relationships between environmental issues/biology and innovation, the ability to see and experience possibilities for new solutions, ideas and methods and be part of innovative work situations
  • Give skills to innovative and management orientated use of the biology study, cooperation and network with public and private partners as well as experiences with a specific innovation project
  • Give knowledge and understanding of environmental challenges, possibilities for management orientated use of theoretical knowledge, cooperation with industrial partners concerning actual challenges, methods to be innovative, see possibilities and convert ideas to knowledge and communication.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objective of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • Demonstrates the ability to be innovative
  • Be
    able to identify if an idea is possible theoretically, describe pros
    and cons, development needs etc. in a professional context
  • Show the ability to search for relevant knowledge concerning a particular challenge
  • Gain knowledge based on literature, talks, excursions and own initiative
  • Structure a written paper concerning a specific topic on an academic level both theoretically and linguistic.

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  •  Carrier management
  •  Innovation, entrepreneurship, spin-off
  •  Selected challenges as for example methods to handle and treat urban runoff related to climate changes, technologies to reduce eutrophication in aquatic environments, monitoring and remediation of environmental pollution, biosensors, isolation of enzymes with potential for biotechnological applications from nature, geo-engineering, microbial monitoring, biotechnological exploitation of hyperthermophilic microorganisms, communication.

The topics will/can vary from year to year dependent on the actual grand challenges for the environmental area

Literature

See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam element a)

Timing

Spring

Tests

Active participation

EKA

N100057112

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

It is a prerequisite for being able to take the exam that you have participated in 60% of the scheduled hours or alternatively completed similar activities, which are agreed with the responsible teacher.

The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a)

Exam element a)

Timing

Spring

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam element a) N100057101, BB549: Sustainable Future

Tests

Written report and pitch

EKA

N100057102

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

5

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

52 hours per semester

Teaching Method

Teaching forms

  1. Introductory lectures concerning the course, carrier and innovation
  2. 2-days camp with scientific lectures combined with session where companies/institutions presents challenges/knowledge gaps where there is a need for solutions. This parts ends up with a brainstorm process/idea and group formation and first part of the project work. Contributions from SDU and companies/institutions. 
  3. 3-days camp, which if possible, is held outside SDU. Intensive work with project ideas mixed with lectures about generation of new knowledge, ideas, spin-off, entrepreneurship, talks given by former students, which can contribute with their experience about innovation and input about possibilities for cooperation during the study.
  4. Last part of the second camp is a pitch session with participation from the involved companies.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Sara Egemose saege@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Alexander Treusch atreusch@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut, Nordcee

Timetable

Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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