BIO4250 - Evolution and systematics of organismal groups: The Plant Kingdom

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Course content

This course covers evolution and mechanisms of evolution in plants, systematics and classification of selected groups of plants. Special emphasis is put on examples from current research at UiO and the methods used. Teaching on genetic and morphological diversity within systematic or ecological important groups is partly given in the field through a fieldcourse.

Learning outcome

To get insight in evolution and classification of plants as well as modern research methods and important fields for research.


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Lectures, laboratorywork and a fieldcourse. Each student presents one scientific paper on a seminar. Compulsory attendance at seminars, laboratorywork and field course. The course will take place at Lids hus, Natural History Museum, Tøyen. It is mandatory to meet and register on the first lecture.

The field course is spring 2016 given at Teneriffe. The students must cover expenses for food and transport to and from the airport. The flight ticket and hotel is covered bye the department.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


An oral presentation of a scientific paper during the course, graded pass or fail. A floristic exam will be arranged during the field course, weighted 25%. A final written exam (3 h), based on the text book and lab course, weighted 75%.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


The course is only given if three or more students meet on the first lecture.

Facts about this course






Every other spring semester. Next time spring 2018.


Every other spring semester. Next time spring 2018.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)