BIOS5112 – Life-history strategies and climate effects
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 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.
Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.
The students shall achieve a general understanding of what the life history concept includes, the basic theories on evolution of life history traits, and how key climate parameters might affect these traits. An important theme in relation to climate change is the extent to which organisms may respond on altered environmental conditions and how this is performed.
After completing this course you have:
- A general understanding of the life history concept.
- Learned about basic theories on evolution of life history traits.
- Understood how climate parameters affect these traits.
- Improved your understanding of how and what extent organisms may respond on altered environmental conditions.
- Learned how to calculate key life history parameters in R.
- Improved your skills in written presentation.
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.
The courses BIOS5112 and BIOS9112 have joint admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. PhD students and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.
3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students
Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally
Recommended previous knowledge
Bachelor degree in biology or similar. Good basic knowledge in ecology and evolution. Some knowledge about coding (programming) is useful.
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4140 – Life-history Strategies and Climate Effects (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with BIO9140 – Life-history strategies and climate effects (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with BIOS9112 – Life-History Strategies and Climate Effects.
- Lectures and colloquia.
- Problem-solving with guidance.
- Mandatory hand-ins.
- A computational essay project.
Curriculum in English, and all reports must be written in English. All students must before the final exam have submitted the computational essay (weighing 30% of the final mark). First lecture is mandatory. If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to email@example.com, before the first lecture.
Written exam in Inspera (3 hours), counts 70% towards final mark.
Computational essay, counts 30% towards final mark.
Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. Approved mandatory course work is valid for 3 years.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
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: BIO4140 – Life-history Strategies and Climate Effects (continued), BIO9140 – Life-history strategies and climate effects (continued) and BIOS9112 – Life-History Strategies and Climate Effects.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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: