Subject description for 2021/2022

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.


In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera. 

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 Master in Biosciences - 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

Evaluation using mid-term and final surveys. Students are also encouraged to participate in the central quality surveys. 

Exam description

Compound assessment consisting of:

Portfolio: 10 pages in article form statistical analysis of time series. Counts 40%. 

Oral examintion: Counts 60% 

Grading system A-F. 

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail
  • Portfolio assessment, comprises 40/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.
  • Oral Examination, comprises 60/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.

Course literature

Selections from: KH Mann & JRN Lazier (2006) Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems. Biological-Physical interactions in the oceans (3rd edition). Blackwell Science.
Course coordinator
Start semester Spring 2022
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture