BIOS9112 – Life-History Strategies and Climate Effects
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.
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 and oral presentation.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
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.
- 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 BIOS5112 – Life-history strategies and climate effects.
- Lectures and colloquia.
- Problem-solving with guidance.
- Mandatory hand-ins.
- A computational essay project.
- Presentation of scientific papers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: BIO9140 – Life-history strategies and climate effects (continued), BIO4140 – Life-history Strategies and Climate Effects (continued) and BIOS5112 – Life-history strategies and climate effects.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: