Subject description for 2019/2020

Biophysical Interactions (BI312F)

Biophysical Interactions


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

Course type

Specialization: Master in Biosciences


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 evaluation

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

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 from x to y on this course in the spring of 2020.

To accommodate this, the oral exams will be held digitally on this course in the spring of 2020.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Portfolio assessment, comprises 40/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.
  • Oral Examination, comprises 60/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Course literature

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