BIO4320 – Systematics and ecology of marine algae

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Course content

The course presents an overview of algal systematics and phylogeny based on morphology, ultra structure, reproduction and molecular data. It also includes plankton and benthic algal ecology and biogeography with emphasis on Norwegian conditions.

Learning outcome

After the course the students will:

  • Be familiar with algal systematics, evolution and phylogeny.
  • Know the characteristics of algal groups.
  • Know the biology of selected algal species.
  • Be familiar with the temporal variation and biogeography of algae.
  • Have knowledge of algal ecology with emphasis on Norwegian conditions.
  • Be able to indentify algae using morphology, ultra structure and molecular methods.


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.

The courses BIO4320 and BIO9320 have common admission. 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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO9320 – Systematics and Ecology of Marine Algae


The teaching is organised by lectures and laboratory work. The laboratory work is obligatory.

One week obligatory field excursion to Drøbak in the Oslofjord, costs are 150 NOK pr. day.

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.


One written exam weighted 100%. One oral presentation and compulsory lab-journals. Requires approved participation in the field excursion.

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:

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 spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)