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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.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course covers general fish ecology. A general textbook will be supplemented with new literature on a range of topics.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is that the students:

  • Obtain an overview of the large morphological, behavioural and life history variability among the fishes.
  • Understand how the fishes interact with its biotic and abiotic environment.
  • Understand the ecological and evolutionary processes impacting on individuals, populations and species.
  • Get and overview of important methods and their strength and weaknesses.
  • Get an increased ability to express themself on these issues both written and orally.

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.

Bachelor´s Degree in Biology or equivalent. Good basic knowledge of ecology.

Overlapping courses


The participants will be exposed to lectures on general topics as well as seminars describing ongoing research by local staff or guests. Further, each participant will:

  • present and discuss one scientific paper
  • write an essay on a given topic

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

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


Presentation of a scientific article, an essay and an oral exam. The first two parts have to be passed to take the oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

The presentation of an article is graded pass/fail. Essay and final oral exam is graded (A-F). The essay counts 30% and the final oral exam counts 70%, on the final grade.

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. 24, 2020 7:13:54 PM

Facts about this course


The course will not be taught in the spring 2020.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)