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Marine Biology BI206F

Marine Biology BI206F

ECTS Credits 10
Level Undergraduate
Course type Compulsory: BSc in Biology
Start semester Spring 2021
Year of study 2nd study year
Course location Bodø
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

Course description

The course provides an introduction to the marine environment, important groups of organisms (such as plankton, benthos, invertebrates and vertebrates), ecology of organisms, and use of basic sampling equipment.


Semester registration fee, syllabus literature and costs related to field work/ excursion maximum NOK 3,000.

Learning outcomes


  • Have broad knowledge of central processes associated with biological production and the flow of energy in the sea
  • Be able to identify different ecosystems and give an account of the main ecological processes involved
  • Know of research methods and issues in marine biology
  • Have knowledge of central research in marine biology



  • Be able to apply scientific knowledge and relevant results from biological research in field investigations
  • Be able to update her knowledge in the field of marine biology
  • Be able to approach problems based on sound knowledge in the field


General competence

  • Have insight into the most relevant ethical issues concerning marine life
  • Have broad level of ecological insight into northern marine ecosystems
  • Be able to exchange knowledge and viewpoints within the expert community

Mode of delivery


Teaching activities and methods

· Talks and seminars (totalt ca 60 h)

· Lab- and fieldwork

· ca 10 days of field course/excursions.

Course literature

Kaiser et al. (2011) Marine Ecology: Processes, systems, and impacts (2nd ed). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
BI123F Ecology, BI125F Biodiversity or similar.

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 (first instance 2019 spring).
  • Assignment, worth 40/100 of the grade (first instance 2019 spring).
  • Written Examination, 5 Hours, worth 60/100 of the grade (first instance 2019 spring).

Overlapping courses

BI206F-001 Marine Biology - oral examination - 8 study points.
BI206F-002 Marine Biology - paper - 2 study points.
BI206F-001 Marine Biology - oral examination - 10 study points.

Included in these studies



Ecology and Arctic Marine Biology and Arctic Marine BiologyHalf-year programme and shorter
Bachelor of Science in Biology of Science in BiologyBachelor's degree programme
Aquaculture and ecology and ecologyHalf-year programme and shorter
Ecology and Northern Wildlife and Northern WildlifeHalf-year programme and shorter
Aquaculture and ecology and ecologyHalf-year programme and shorter
Aquaculture and ecology and ecologyHalf-year programme and shorter