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Course content

The course is a broad introduction in plant development, function and interaction with other organisms. The focus is on the connections from genes to genomes to cells and organs in various types of plants, and understanding the evolution, development and function of plants in such a perspective. The context is the role of plants in society, e.g. domestication, agriculture, environment, climate and gene technology.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • have fundamental knowledge of various kinds of development, life cycles and physiological processes in plants as well as their evolutionary origin
  • have knowledge of the genetic and molecular background of development and function in plants
  • have fundamental knowledge of how plants interact with their environment and other organisms
  • have a good understanding of how plant science affects society on different levels
  • have practical and theoretical knowledge of how a research project is planned, managed and reported on

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.

The courses BIOS3610 and BIOS4610 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

1. Bachelor´s programme students at the Department of Biosciences and master´s programme students at the MN Faculty who have the course approved in their study plan.

2. Other program students.

3. Single course students and exchange students.

Applicants are ranked by number of credits within each group; all applicants within the 1st group are ranked before applicants in the 2nd group etc. For students who have equal number of credits within one group, admission is determined by random selection.

Special admission requirements

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

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2)

And in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics R2
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

Mathematics R2 was a requirement up until and including the study year 2021/2022, as part of a trial arrangement. From and including the study year 2022/2023, Mathematics R2 is no longer a requirement.

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

Formal prerequisite knowledge

HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety must be completed before the laboratory teaching starts. 

BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences, BIOS1120 – FysiologiBIOS1140 – Evolusjon og genetikk, and BIOS1150 – Biodiversity

Overlapping courses

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Group tutorials (Mandatory)
  • Lab sessions (Mandatory)

Mandatory course work must be approved and the project assignment must be handed in before the student can attend the final exam. Approved mandatory assignments and activities are valid for 3 years. The grade achieved on the project work is valid for 2 years and will count in a resit exam or if a new final exam is taken.

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 studieinfo@ibv.uio.no prior to the first lecture.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student insurance.

Access to teaching

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.

Examination

The exam consists of 3 parts:

  • Part 1: Laboratory-based project assignment with one-time submission of a report that counts for 20% 

  • Part 2: A multiple-choice test that counts for 10% towards the final grade

  • Part 3: A written exam that counts 70 % towards the final grade

Mandatory course work must be approved and the project assignment must be handed in before the student can attend the final exam. Approved mandatory assignments and activities are valid for 3 years. The grade achieved on the project work is valid for 2 years and will count in a resit exam or if a new final exam is taken.

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.

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) May 24, 2022 5:17:06 PM

Facts about this course

Credits
10
Level
Bachelor
Teaching
Autumn
Examination
Autumn
Teaching language
English