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DAISY course
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5717-20-09-31 
Enrollment deadline: 01/08/2020
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and time03.08.2020, at: 00:00 - 27.11.2020, at: 16:00
Regular seats20
Activity Prices:
  - Deltager/Participant from SCIENCE0.00 kr.
  - Deltager/participant enrolled at Danish Universities0.00 kr.
  - Deltager/Participant Others9,000.00 kr.
LecturersEfstathios Diamantopoulos
Per Abrahamsen
ECTS credits2.00
Contact personEfstathios Diamantopoulos    E-mail address: ed@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserEfstathios Diamantopoulos    E-mail address: ed@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 1
Block noteStarting one week before normal block start (24-28 Aug 2020)
Exam requirementsExam registration requirements: Submission of the course report Thursday in the week before the exam.
Exam formOral examination, 30 minutes
Exam formCourse participation ; Writting assignment
Exam detailsInitially, the students present their report with focus on system presentation and hypotheses, how the hypotheses are investigated, and the most important results and conclusions. The presentation leads to questions and discussions which may include in principle all aspects of Daisy modelling. No time is given for preparation.
Exam aidsAll aids allowed
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Criteria for exam assessmentCriteria defining the perfect exam performance are specified under "Learning Outcome". To obtain the assessment "passed", the students must show both knowledge, skills, and competences without major weaknesses in more than two areas
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Practical exercises14.00
Project work80.00


It is divided into two parts:
Simple attendance NO EXAMINATION. 2 ECTS
Price for other PhD students DKK 3.725,-

A full time programme is arranged in the week just before block 1. This will include a series of short presentation, each followed by hands-on group exercises where the students learn how to use the Daisy agroecological simulation model and to analyse a simple, pre-defined system. Specifically they learn how to prepare data for the model, how to run the model, and how to extract and analyse output from the model.

Price for other PhD students DKK 9.000,-

In the second part of the course, this knowledge is used in more realistic system analyses. For master students there will be one or more-pre-defined scenarios to choose from, based on current research. PhD students will typically formulate a scenario based on their own thesis work. The students will individually or (for master students) in groups formulate hypothesis based on their chosen scenario and they will use the Daisy model to test these hypothesis. During this phase there will be no lectures, but consultations with teachers as per individual or group-agreement. The work will be documented in the form of an individual course report.

Learning outcome
Knowledge, skills and competences obtained during the course:

Knowledge: The students understand in outlines (can explain) how the Daisy model is built, i.e. the function of its major components and how these components act together. They also know how to find details on how the model works. Furthermore, they know how to prepare input data and to extract output for traditional model applications.

Skills: Students can apply the Daisy model for traditional agroecological system analyses including effects on the water cycle (e.g. evapotranspiration and runoff), the carbon cycle (e.g. crop production) and the nitrogen cycle (e.g. nitrate leaching). Furthermore, they can make use of the model for some more specialized analyses as for instance the leaching of pollutants like pesticides or natural toxins to ground water and surface waters.

Competences: Students can extract and analyze relevant figures from model simulations with Daisy, interpret the results of this analysis, and draw the right conclusions. They can apply the
Daisy model in testing the formulated hypotheses.

Knowledge, skills, and competences equivalent to what can be obtained from the master course Applied Agrohydrology I.

Teaching and learning methods
Teaching in class room with active participation of students by means of exercises and real, targeted model work, discussions, group work, etc. The students must bring their own computers.

Contact person and enrolment handling/course organiser: Efstathios Diamantopoulos, e-mail ed@plen.ku.dk

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