BIOS5112 – Life-history strategies and climate effects

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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 and present the results in integrated R Markdown documents.

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

Bachelor degree in biology or similar. Good basic knowledge in ecology and evolution. Some knowledge about coding (programming) is useful.

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures and colloquia.

  • A semester project with two mandatory hand-ins and a final written report.

Curriculum in English, and all reports must be written in English. All students must before the final exam have submitted the project report (final report will count 40% towards the final grade). First lecture is mandatory. If you cannot attend the first lecture, please send a note to, before the first lecture.


  • Written exam which counts 60 % towards the final grade.

  • Semester project report, counts 40% towards final grade.

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. Approved mandatory course work is valid for 3 years.

Exam 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: 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.

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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 18, 2022 2:15:22 PM

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