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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course will give an introduction to animal behaviour, such as the nurture-nature controversy, motivation, communication, personality, and mate choice. The course is useful for anybody that wish to have a broader background in physiology, ecology and evolution to understand behaviour, such as students in biology, medicine, psychology, and anthropology. The subject is also popular for teaching in school.

Learning outcome

When you have finished the course, you should have:

  • knowledge about animal behaviour in light of ecology and evolution
  • knowledge about genetic and physiological mechanisms, and development of individual behaviour
  • become familiar with terms and concepts such as proximate and ultimate explanations, fitness, altruism, optimality, and game theory
  • knowledge required for doing a master on the subject

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.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling theHigher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies(in Norwegian).

It is an advantage with some biological background.

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures
  • Colloquia

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 prior to the first lecture.


  • Final written digital exam, 4 hours, which counts 100% towards the final grade.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 2, 2020 8:14:29 PM

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