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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 theoretical knowledge of how a research project is planned, managed and reported on
  • have learned how to use the knowledge you have acquired in a written assignment, eg essay, chronicle or review


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.

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

The courses BIOS3611 and BIOS4611 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.

Overlapping courses


Lectures (2 hours per week)

Group tutorials (2 hours per week)

Project work

In-depth written assignment within topics taught in the course. The form and topic of the written assignment must be approved by the course leader, and can for example be essay, chronicle, review, research application, etc. 

The project work contains three phases: 1) The planning phase, 2) execution and 3) presentation of results

Mandatory attendance and participation for the group tutorials and project work. Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 3 years.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.


The exam consists of 2 parts:

  • Part 1: Project assignment and an oral presentation which counts 20 % and 10% towards the final mark, respectively
  • Part 2: Written exam which lasts for 3 hours and counts 70 % towards the final mark
  • Part 3: Essay or review that must be approved before the exam

The project assignment must be passed, and participation in compulsory group teaching must be approved in order to take the exam.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Number of exam attempts are transferred between the courses BIOS3611 - Plant ScienceBIOS3610 - Plant Science and BIOS4610 - Plant Science.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






The course is offered for the first time Autumn 2019


Autumn 2019

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