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Course content

The course gives an overview of marine benthic systems. It focuses on hard- and soft bottom systems with emphasis on Norwegian conditions. The course has a one week field course where knowledge of organisms is focused.

Learning outcome

After the course you should know something about:

  • Construction and function of benthic systems
  • The dominating groups of organisms in the different systems
  • Important abiotic factors in different systems
  • Threats to the different benthic communities


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.


Recommended previous knowledge


Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO4300 – Marine Biology (discontinued)


Teaching takes Place in week 35-39. The course is based on lectures, mandatory laboratory work and student presentations.
The course includes a one-week excursion to Drøbak. Participation on the excursion is mandatory. The excursion has a fee on 150 NOK per day.
It is also mandatory to make and deliver one Power Point presentation based on the field course, and one on a given topic from the text book.

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.


Final written digital exam in week 39, 3 hours, counts 100%.

To be able to take the final exam the students have to pass the laboratory reports from fieldwork, and pass the presentation on a topic from the curriculum.


Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

The course is only given if it has three or more registered students.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)