BIO9260 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom
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 aims at giving basic knowledge about evolution and evolutionary mechanisms in the fungal kingdom. The systematics and classification of selected groups of fungi and lichens are addressed with focus on methodology and principles of fungal systematics. Principles of biodiversity measures and the training in dentification of fungi and lichen will be carried out in the field (fieldcourse).
The students will obtain knowledge about fungal evolution and taxonomy and get insight into methods and research questions of current interests. A subgoal is to give the students a better understanding of the fungal dimension in ecosystem functioning.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
The courses BIO4260 and BIO9260 have joint admission. There is a total of 20 seats in these two courses. 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
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The following courses must be passed before start of laboratory course and field course
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4260 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom.
The course lasts for two weeks in the end of the Spring term. The course combines lectures, field course, group seminars and laboratory work. There will be a one week field course.
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 fee for field course is 150 NOK per day.
Compulsory participation in group work and presentation of these results. Hand-in of essay two weeks after the course. The essay must receive a passing grade to pass the course. 3 hour written exam on a slightly broader syllabus than BIO4260 (60% of total mark). Compulsory field course. Hand-in of field course report (40% of total mark).
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: emne: BIO4260.
Examination support material
Written exam: No examination support material is allowed.
Field course report: All examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: