BIO9381 – Harmful Algae and Algal Culturing
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 significance of harmful algal blooms, and the ecology, taxonomy, toxicity, toxins and monitoring of harmful algae in marine and limnic waters. It also includes training and demonstrations in laboratory methods used in harmful algal research such as light microscopy, cell isolation and quantification, algal culturing, growth experiments, toxicity assays, toxin analysis and molecular biological detection assays.
After following the course you should:
- Have solid knowledge on the significance of harmful algal blooms in marine and freshwater environments
- Know the major harmful algal species causing problems in Europe, their ecology, toxins and effects
- Be able to identify these algal species under the light or electron microscope
- Have experience with isolation of microalgae from natural water samples, algal culturing, and determine growth rate in cultures
- Have knowledge on methods for identification, detection and quantification of harmful algae using molecular biological methods and microscopy
- Be able to perform simple toxicity assays and toxin analyses
- Have experience assessing and providing feedback on the research work of others
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 BIO4381 and BIO9381 have joint admission with a capacity limited to 14 students. 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
BIO1150, BIO2220 and BIO4400 – Pelagic Ecology.
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4381 – Harmful Algae and Algal Culturing.
- 5 credits overlap with BIO4380 – Giftige alger (discontinued).
- Laboratory work
- Computing exercises
Active participation in the teaching is required. Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.
Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture. This also applies for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if notice is not given to the student administration firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 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.
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.
Oral presentation on a given topic.
Final written exam (3 hours) counts 100 % of the final grade.
Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for the following course: BIO4381 - Harmful Algae and Algal Culturing
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: