BIO9331 – Human Impact on the Marine Environment
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 provides an overview of how current marine environmental problems including eutrophication, toxic algal blooms, climate change and acidification and introduction of waste, contaminants, oil pollution, nano particles and species influence the marine environment. Topics included are impact on individuals, populations, communities and food webs. Other topics include aims and strategies for environmental monitoring and efficient environmental management and how to consider environmental risk and perform impact assessment.
After completing the course you will have the following competence:
- Understand current important marine environmental problems.
- Have insight into method challenges, and be able to critical evaluate reports, publications and environmental data.
- Have insight into national and international environmental legislation and important international treaties.
- Have basic understanding of effects studies, environmental monitoring, and evaluation of risk and environmental state from a scientific, regulatory and industrial perspective.
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 BIO4331 and BIO9331 have joint admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. PhD candidates and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
2. Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates.
3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students
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
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4331 – Human Impact on the Marine Environment.
- Group work
- Discussion groups
- Student presentations
All groupwork is mandatory. The group work will consist of demonstrations, excursions, and discussions. In addition, there will be individual presentations. Mandatory course work must be approved before you can attend the exam. You must also write two 10 page essays on given topics and give two 45- minute lectures based on these, which count on the final grade.
Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture. This also applies to those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if notice is not given to the student administration email@example.com before the first lecture.
Approved mandatory course work is valid for 5 years.
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
- Final written exam in Inspera (3 hrs), counts 70% of the final mark.
- Essays and lectures weigh 15% each (30% of the final mark).
Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
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: BIO4330 - Effects of Pollution on the Aquatic Environment (discontinued) and BIO4331 - Human Impact on the Marine Environment.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English.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: