BIO4400 – Pelagic Ecology
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course gives an introduction to the ecosystems of the free water masses, and will cover topics ranging from the physico-chemical environment to food webs, biological processes and evolutionary adaptations of pelagic organisms, to how contemporary environmental challenges affect these systems. These topics will be explored in lectures, laboratory and computer exercises and in the field. The field work includes cruise(s) with the research vessel Trygve Braarud and a four day field course in Drøbak.
This course provides basic understanding of small and large scale processes that govern the structure and function of pelagic ecosystems. You will receive an introduction to:
- the physico-chemical environment, and its role for vertical structure of the pelagic habitat.
- organisms, biological processes, evolutionary adaptations, and food webs.
- the role of global change for the pelagic ecosystems
- pelagic sampling
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.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with BIO3400 – Aquatic Ecology (discontinued).
The teaching consists of lectures, laboratory exercises, computer exercises, colloquia, project work, cruises with the research vessel Trygve Braarud in Inner Oslofjord, and a week long field course in Drøbak. Laboratory and computer exercises, cruises, field work, and project work are mandatory, as are instructive lectures prior to these.
Participation on the excursion is mandatory.
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
The excursion has a fee on 150 NOK per day.
To be able to take the final written exam, students need to recieve a passing grade on reports from laboratory exercises, project nd Field work. All mandatory teaching must be passed. Final written exam (3h) counts 100%.
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: BIO3400 – Aquatic Ecology (discontinued).
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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: