BIO4260 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
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).
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:
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with BIO9260 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: emne: BIO9260.
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.
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: