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Biophysical Interactions BI312F

Biophysical Interactions BI312F

ECTS Credits 10
Level Graduate
Course type Specialization: Master in Biosciences
Start semester Spring 2020
Year of study 1st study year
Course location Bodø
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

Course description

In recent years a lot of the marine research has been concentrated on how the physical forcing is shaping the marine environment. This course focuses on an integrated understanding of physical and biological processes, and will provide knowledge to handle new trends in the coupling between physical oceanography and marine ecology. The theoretical part of the course deals with the basis for the variability of marine production in time and space. The exercise and practical training will focus on new methods in operational oceanography and ocean monitoring.


No tuition costs: Semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:


The candidate will:

  • have advanced knowledge of the physical-biological coupling in marine ecology
  • have a thorough knowledge of the scientific methods used on physical and biological marine data


The candidate will:

  • be able to interpret, critically assess and use appropriate methods useful for understanding the physical-biological interrelationships in the ocean
  • be able to analyze the physical-biological links in the ocean
  • be able to use relevant forms of expression in oceanography and marine ecology

General Competence

The candidate will:

  • be able to analyze ethical issues involved with exploitation of the marine environment
  • be able to communicate about technical issues, analysis and conclusions in the field of marine ecosystems, both for specialists and the general public

be able to apply their knowledge and skills about biophysical interaction in new areas to carry out sophisticated tasks and projects


Students enrolled in the MSc in Biology and Aquaculture- Marine Ecology specialization. If there is capacity, other students qualified for a Master in Biosciences may enroll.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

The course has multiple teaching approaches, e.g. lectures, seminars and project work.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation (first instance 2010 autumn).
  • Oral Examination, worth 60/100 of the grade (first instance 2010 autumn).
  • Portfolio assessment, worth 40/100 of the grade (first instance 2011 autumn).

Included in these studies



Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources – MAR-BIO Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources – MAR-BIOMaster
Biology and Aquaculture (Master of Science) and Aquaculture (Master of Science)Master
Biology and Aquaculture (Master of Science) and Aquaculture (Master of Science)Master