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Teaching and exams spring 2022

At the MN Faculty teaching is in-person this spring, but there may still be cases of online or hybrid teaching.

Please see the semester page, Canvas or your regular channel of information for changes in teaching and form of examination.

Course content

The course describes marine food chains from primary production to fish and top predators. Emphasis is placed on how the life history of species is adapted to physical oceanographic conditions and seasonal and geographical production in northern waters. The course also addresses key environmental challenges.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, you have knowledge of:

  • Mechanisms and driving forces for ocean currents
  • Marine food chains, from phytoplankton to top predators
  • Life history of important Norwegian fish species and how these are adapted to the physical and biological environment
  • Environmental issues
  • You are able to write an essay on a relevant marine topic based on the scientific literature

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

The courses BIOS3300 and BIOS4300 have joint admission. Students 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.

The courses have a capacity of 40 students. 

BIO2100 – General Ecology (continued) BIOS2220 – Aquatic Biodiversity

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures

  • Mandatory seminars where each student is given a theme they will present to each other

  • Mandatory submission of a given topic

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 prior to the first lecture.

Approved mandatory course work is valid for 3 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 which counts 100% towards the final grade.

This course has mandatory course work that must be approved before you can sit the final 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 one of the following course: BIOS3300 – Marine Biology

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) May 18, 2022 8:16:25 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)