This course is discontinued

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Course content

The subject is replaced with BIO4301

Introduction to methods in marine biology and oceanography relevant to the master study in marine biology.Sampling techniques for pelagic, benthic soft and hard bottom, as well as the litoral zone will be practised together with processing of the data obtained. Physical and chemical properties of the sea will be studied by modern instrumentation. Acoustic and traditional net hault techniques will be merged in plankton studies, and processes as primary production measured by tracer techniques. Work in the laboratory at Blindern and onboard the research vessels Trygve Braarud and Bjørn Føyn.

Learning outcome

Give the students insight and practical experience in the use of modern methods in marine research, and also achieve knowledge about important groups of organisms in the marine ecosystem.


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PhD-students must register for BIO9300. Please contact the student administration office.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO4301 – Marine bentic ecology


Lectures, cruise- and laboratory work.


Final written exam, 3 hours, counts 100%.

This subject offer new examination in the beginning of the
subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examination, see and

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course




The course was given in Autumn 2009 for the last time, and is replaced by BIO4301.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)