BIO4325 – Identification of Marine Microalgae and Macroalgae

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Course content

The course presents an overview of algal taxonomy and identification of species.

Learning outcome

at the end of the course you will:

  • Be familiar with algal taxonomy
  • Know the characteristics of algal groups
  • Be able to identify algae using morphology and ultra structural features


The course is only offered to students enrolled in the master’s programme in Biodiversity and Systematics - NABiS. Students who are not enrolled at UiO must first apply for Single Course Studies on the master's level at University of Oslo within the deadline.Students then apply to the admission to this course by sending documentation of admission to one of the master programmes connected to NABiS to before the 1st of February.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must be enrolled in the Nordic Master programme in Biodiversity and systematics - NABiS

HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety

HMS0504 – Field Safety


Overlapping courses


The teaching is organized by e-learning using Canvas. Prior to the laboratory and field courses a written assignment will have to be completed and submitted in Canvas. The deadline is May 26. A mandatory 2 days of laboratory work (1-2 June), followed by a 5 days field course (3-7 June) at the marine biological station in Drøbak in Oslofjorden is required. The cost is 150 NOK, a total of 1050,- NOK. Details about the payment will be sent to you as soon as you are registered. Please note that students are themselves responsible transport to and from the University of Oslo, books and insurance. All expenses connected to this is covered by the students.

As soon as you are registered you will receive information about username and password to get access to Canvas.


The Syllabus for the course is:

Algae (Third Edition)—by Linda E. Graham, James M. Graham, Lee W. Wilcox, and Martha E. Cook. ISBN 978-0-9863935-3-2.

Textbook is available at


Requires approved participation in the field excursion. Mandatory tasks before the course (counts 20 %) and one written exam at the end of the course (counts 80 %)

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.

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