BIOS4216 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Plant Kingdom

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Course content

This course covers evolution and mechanisms of evolution in plants, systematics and classification of selected groups of plants. Special emphasis is put on examples from current research at UiO and the methods used. Teaching on genetic and morphological diversity within systematic or ecological important groups is partly given in the field through a fieldcourse.

Learning outcome

To get insight in evolution and classification of plants as well as modern research methods and important fields for research.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

BIO1200A – Biodiversity (discontinued) or BIOS2200 – Botanical Diversity , BIO2120 – Evolutionary Biology (discontinued) or BIOS3100 – Evolution and BIOS5213 – Phylogeny and Classification

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures
  • Seminars (Mandatory)
  • Laboratory sessions (Mandatory)
  • Field course (Mandatory)
  • Selected scientific papers will be discussed in a seminar (Mandatory, active participation is expected)
  • A small project with an essay (Mandatory)

The course will take place at Lids hus, Natural History Museum, Tøyen. The field course is abroad (Africa). There will be an alternative arrangement for students who cannot travel for medical reasons.

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. 

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory, also 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.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out 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 at the first lecture.

Cost of taking the course

The field course is abroad (Africa). The students must cover expenses for food and transport to and from the airport. The flight ticket and hotel is covered by the department. 


Final written exam which counts 75 % towards the final grade. 

 A floristic exam will be arranged during the field course, weighted 25% towards the final grade. 

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam

Examination attempts

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: BIO4250 – Evolution and systematics of organismal groups: The Plant Kingdom (discontinued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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) June 26, 2022 2:17:37 AM

Facts about this course


Every other spring

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)