BIO4260 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The course aims at giving basic knowledge about evolution and evolutionary mechanisms in the fungal kingdom. The systematics and classification of selected groups of fungi and lichens are addressed with focus on methodology and principles of fungal systematics. Principles of biodiversity measures and the training in dentification of fungi and lichen will be carried out in the field (fieldcourse).

Learning outcome

The students will obtain knowledge about fungal evolution and taxonomy and get insight into methods and research questions of current interests. A subgoal is to give the students a better understanding of the fungal dimension in ecosystem functioning.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

PhD-students must apply for BIO9260.

The courses BIO4260 and BIO9260 have joint admission. There is a total of 20 seats in these subjects. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

1. PhD students and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.

2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.

3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students

4. Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be passed before start of laboratory course and field course:

BIO1200 – Biodiversity (discontinued), BIO2120 – Evolutionary Biology (discontinued),

Overlapping courses


The course lasts for two weeks in the end of the Spring term. The course combines lectures, field course, group seminars and laboratory work. There will be a one week field course in August or September.

First lecture is mandatory. If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to, before the first lecture.

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.

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

Cost of taking the course

There will be a one week field course in August or September. The fee for field course is 150 NOK per day.


Compulsory participation in group work and presentation of these results. 3 hour written exam (60% of total mark). Compulsory field course. Hand-in of field course report (40% of total mark).

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.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: BIO9260 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom (continued),BIOS5217 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom, BIOS9217 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom

Examination support material

Written exam: No examination support material is allowed.

Field course report: All examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 27, 2021 6:20:10 PM

Facts about this course


Every other spring

The course is last held spring 2020


Examination is last held spring 2022

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)