Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

A presentation of the various microfossil groups of botanical and zoological origin by discussing their morphology, taxonomy, mode of life, environments and stratigraphic distribution. Emphasis is laid on groups of geological importance by elucidating their application for dating, correlation and facies interpretation of sedimentary successions.

Learning outcome

To give the students basic knowledge of microfossils and their geological applications. It will provide an extended basis for more advanced studies in paleontology and stratigraphy of basin developments.


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Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with GEO4214 – Palynology, Palaeobotany and Palaeoclimatology


Lectures, colloquia and working groups - totally 6 hours per week. This may be changed according to the number of students who gets admitted.

We reserve the right to cancel teaching in this course in semesters when less than 3 students are admitted.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

To attend the lectures it is required that the following courses must be taken before the first lecture:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed the above mentioned HSE courses when you attend the lectures.

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.


This course has 3 exam parts which each count 1/3 and must be passed:

  1. Report and lecture
  2. Multiple choice exam
  3. Final written examination

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

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

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

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.


We reserve the right to change the form of teaching and exams according to the number of students. This will be decided between the teacher and students at the beginning of the semester.

Facts about this course

Spring 2018
Spring 2018
Teaching language