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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 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.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course provides a thorough introduction to the essential aspects of plant conservation including an overview of threats to the world’s plant diversity, conservation genetics, conservation assessments and ways to minimize biodiversity loss. It includes an introduction to international legislations, politics and humans’ role, both as threats and conservers of plant diversity. The course has a tropical focus and requires basic knowledge in plant biology at university level.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will:

  • Be well acquainted with the most important factors threatening the world’s plant biodiversity
  • Be able to conduct a simple red-list assessment and to suggest conservation measures for threatened species
  • Know the most frequently used ways to measure and map biodiversity be able to use software for analyses and mapping
  • Know the most important international legislations and agreements protecting plant biodiversity and be able to use them on relevant case studies

Admission to the course

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.

There are six seats in this course. 

The courses BIOS5219 and BIOS9219 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

1. Master students admitted to "Biodiversity and systematics" and "Ecology and evolution", PhD candidates and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.

2. Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates.

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.

Overlapping courses


The main part of the teaching is given as an intensive course (two weeks) in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya or Zimbabwe, with lectures, data labs and excursions.There will be a mandatory assignment. The field course and the assignment has to be completed and approved before 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 documentation for absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

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.

Cost of taking the course

The students is expected to pay 150 nok pr day on the field course


Written exam in Inspera, three hours (counts 100 % of the grade).

The field course and one mandatory assignment has to be completed and approved before the exam.

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera. Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

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 the following course: BIOS9219 – Plant conservation.

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) Nov. 24, 2020 10:14:46 PM

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