BIOS9112 – Life-History Strategies and Climate Effects

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 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

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

Bachelor degree in biology or similar. Good basic knowledge in ecology and evolution.

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures and colloquia.

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

  • 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 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: 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.

Grading scale

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:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 19, 2021 4:23:55 AM

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