BIO9320 – Systematics and Ecology of Marine Algae
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 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.
After the course you will have:
- Exstensive knowledge of algal systematics, evolution and phylogeny.
- Know in depth the characteristics of algal groups and the biology of selected algal species.
- Be familiar with the temporal variation and biogeography of algae.
- Extensive knowledge of algal ecology with emphasis on Norwegian conditions.
- Be proficient in algal identification using morphology, ultra structure and molecular methods.
- Present recent research on algal sytematics and ecology in an essay.
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 BIO4320 and BIO9320 have joint 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
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
BIO1000 – Elementary Biology (discontinued),BIO1200 – Biodiversity (discontinued),BIO2100 – General Ecology (continued),BIO2150 – Biostatistics and Study Design (discontinued),BIO2120 – Evolutionary Biology (discontinued),BIO4400 – Pelagic Ecology
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4320 – Systematics and ecology of marine algae.
- 5 credits overlap with BIO4325 – Identification of Marine Microalgae and Macroalgae.
The course is organised by lectures and laboratory work. The laboratory work is obligatory.
One week obligatory field excursion to Drøbak in the Oslofjord.
A collection of articles will be defined as litterature to an essay, wich has to be passed to enter the final exam.
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 cost for the field excursion to Drøbak is 150 NOK pr. day.
- One written exam weighted 100%.
- One written essay (passed)
- One oral presentation and compulsory lab-journals.
- Requires approved participation in the field excursion
Withdrawal from an examinationt
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: BIO4320
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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: