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Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5717-23-09-31 
Enrollment deadline: 15/08/2023
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and time28.08.2023, at: 00:00 - 30.11.2023, at: 16:00
Regular seats20
LecturersEfstathios Diamantopoulos
Per Abrahamsen
ECTS credits2.00
Contact personMerete Elisabeth Styczen    E-mail address: styczen@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserMerete Elisabeth Styczen    E-mail address: styczen@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 1
Block noteStarting one week before normal block start (28. Aug - 1. Sep. 2023)
Exam requirementsExam registration requirements: Submission of the course report Thursday in the week before the exam.
Exam formOral examination, 30 minutes
Exam formCourse Participation; Written Assignment
Exam detailsThe 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 all aspects of Daisy modelling. At the examination, 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 exercises18.00
Project work113.00



The course is divided into two parts:
Simple attendance   NO EXAMINATION. 2 ECTS

Course fee for all others than MSc/PhD participants enrolled at a Danish university: DKK 4,125.00
A full time programme is arranged in the week just before block 1 (from 28.8.2023 to 1.9.2023).

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.


Course fee for all others than MSc/PhD participants enrolled at a Danish University: DKK  9,750.00

In the second part of the course, this knowledge is used in more realistic system analyses. PhD students will typically formulate a scenario based on their own thesis work. The students will individually 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 as such, but consultations with teachers as per individual or group-agreement. Some sessions may be arranged with general instructions and presentations by students of their project. The work will be documented in the form of an individual course report.

Aim and content


Formel requirements

NB: MSc-students can participate in the course as “Project Outside Course Scope” (POCS, in Danish “projekt udenfor kursusregi” (PUK), which means that a contract needs to be submitted for each student. Contact the course responsible and read more on https://daisy.ku.dk/courses/. Late-registration period for courses in block 5-1 is 15th May-1st June

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 classroom 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 (Windows or Mac, not locked for software installation)


Activity course Fee:

MSc/PhD participant enrolled at SCIENCE or other Danish Universities:  FREE OF CHARGE.

Other participants : 
DKK 9,750.00 (full attendance),  
DKK 4,125.00 (simple attendance)


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