BIOS9113 – Conservation and Management Biology
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course provides a good introduction to theory, method and practice in conservation and management biology, with particular emphasis on Norwegian conditions. The course is particularly suitable for students who want to work in nature management or research concerned with the conservation of biological diversity and harvestable biological resources.
You learn about the role of biological science, its possibilities and limitations in the conservation and management of genetic diversity, species diversity and harvestable biological resources. Central themes are sustainable management of fish- and wildlife populations, problems related to large predators, extinction risks, invasions of alien species, and the degradation, fragmentation and restoration of habitats. Scientific arguments for conservation, and different types of conservation measures are detailed. A multidisiplinary approach is emphasized, and the importance of political context. Relevant laws and regulations are detailed, and you get an overview of institutions and organizations in Norway and international society working with conservation and management. Through case-studies you get close-up experience with practical conservation- and management work. The course also aims at improving the students’ skill in oral and written presentation about these questions.
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 BIO5113 and BIOS9113 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
4. 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 in biology, or similar courses. Good basic knowledge in ecology and evolution.
- 10 credits overlap with BIO4150 – Conservation and management biology (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with BIOS5113 – Conservation and management biology.
- 10 credits overlap with BIO9150 – Conservation and management biology (continued).
The course will be given as lectures and two seminars
- 100 pages with extra-litterature on conservation challenges on the organism or hypothesis that you work on in you Ph.D.
- Each student have to present a scientific paper. This will be graded approved/not approved.
- The students are expected to have an active participation.
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.
The course is lectured when there are more than 3 students registered.
The presentation of a scientific paper, and the commenting on another students work, must be approved for the student to enter the final exam. There will be two home exams where the students has to write a theoretical essay and a practical essay (case study). At least one of these has to include references from the extra-litterature. In addition there will be a final oral examination. The home exam and the oral examination are weighted 40/60.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
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: BIO9150 – Conservation and management biology (continued), BIO4150 – Conservation and management biology (continued) and BIOS5113 – Conservation and management biology.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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: