Subject description for 2019/2020

Biodiversity (BI125F)



Course description

The course gives an introduction to the study of biodiversity: measures of biodiversity, spatiotemporal variability patterns in biodiversity, how biodiversity affects ecosystems, how human activity affects biodiversity, and the management of biodiversity. Basic training in phylogeny and systematics of bacteria, archaea, protists, plants, fungi, invertebrates, and vertebrates.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:

Knowledge: The student should:

  • Have basic knowledge about the evolution and current status of biodiversity.
  • Be able to identify different theories and methods within the study of systematics and phylogeny.
  • Know basicresearch methods and topics within the field
  • Know central research within the field of biodiversity

Skills The student should:

  • Be able to apply scientific knowledge in the study of biodiversity
  • Be capable of updating their knowledge within the field of biodiversity
  • Be able to approach problems and make decisions regarding biodiversity based on scientific knowledge

General competence: The student should:

  • Have insight into relevant issues with in the field of biodiversity
  • Have basic taxonomic insight of regionally common organisms
  • Be able to exchange knowledge and viewpoints within the community of the field

Course type

Compulsory: BSc in Biology

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures, discussions, seminars, field excusions and lab courses.

Permitted examination aids

Pencil, pen, ruler, simple calculator and bilingual dictionaries.

Course evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation). These evaluations are included in the universitys quality assurance system.

Exam description

Due to the Covid-19 epedemic, a number of assessments and exams at Nord University has been changed.

Changes are made in accordance with the Temporary Regulations on Supplements to Regulation 31/01/2019 no. 63: Concerning Studies and Examinations at Nord University - Extraordinary Measures as a Result of the Coronavirus Epidemic- according to §2 of the Corona Epidemic, Assessment Methods, Sections 1-3

To accommodate this, the form of assessment will be changed to home examination (3 Hours) on this course in the spring of 2020.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Assignment, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Bestått - Ikke bestått.
  • Written Examination - taxonomy test, 2 hours, comprises 30/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.
  • Written Examination, 4 hours, comprises 70/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Overlapping courses

BI125F-001v1 Biodiversity - written examination 1 - 4 study points.
BI125F-002v1 Biodiversity - written examination 2 - 6 study points.
BI125F-001v1 Biodiversity - written examination 1 - 10 study points.
BI133Fv1 Ecology and Biodiversity - 5 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Autumn 2019 ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture