Subject description for 2020/2021

Ecology (BI123F)



Application deadline: July 01

Course description

The course gives the students an introduction to ecology. Main topics covered are: The Biosphere, Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Ecosystems, Marine Ecology, Conservation Biology, Climate change.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:

Knowledge The student should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • key ecological processes
  • the interactions between organisms and their environment
  • key environmental and ecological issues facing society

Skills The student should be able to:

  • demonstrate competence in a range of basic methods used for ecological research (field work and data analysis)
  • Give a short oral presentation about ecological topics

General Competence The student should:

  • have developed an appreciation of the modern scope of scientific inquiry in the field of ecology
  • be able to convey key subject matter such as theories, issues and challenges regarding the field of ecology - both in writing and orally
  • demonstrate awareness of human interactions with natural populations and eco-systems, including habitat modification, pollution, exploitation and conservation

Course type

Compulsory: BSc in Biology


Admission to the course follows the admission requirements of the study program Bachelor in Biology.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures, lab (compulsory) and field-work (compulsory).

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.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Presentation, comprises 20/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.
  • Written examination, 4 hours, comprises 80/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Overlapping courses

BI131Fv1 Ecology, Soil and Plant Science - 8 study points.
BI115F-001v1 Cell Biology - 5 study points.
BI133Fv1 Ecology and Biodiversity - 5 study points.

Course literature

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