Subject description for 2023/24
Diversity of Life I - Invertebrates, Plants and Fungi
Subject description for 2023/24

Diversity of Life I - Invertebrates, Plants and Fungi

The course gives an introduction to the diversity of i.a. plants, fungi and invertebrates and provides basic knowledge of phylogeny and systematics. The main focus of this course is on the biology of the major organismal groups, their morphological characteristics, physiology and evolutionary importance. These groups include unicellular organisms such as ciliates, diatoms, dinoflagellates, foraminifera as well as the main multicellular groups such as algae, fungi, plants and invertebrate animals. In addition, measures of biodiversity and the importance of biodiversity for ecosystem dynamics will be addressed in this course.
Admission to the course follows the admission requirement in the bachelor program in biology.

Knowledge The candidate…

  • has broad knowledge about the evolution and current status of the diversity of invertebrate organisms, plants and fungi
  • has knowledge of the phylogeny, taxonomy and general characteristics of major organism groups
  • Is familiar with different theories and methods within the study of systematics and phylogeny.
  • Can update his/her knowledge in the field of invertebrate biology, botany and mycology

Skills The candidate…

  • can apply scientific knowledge and results in the field of organismal research and biodiversity
  • can evaluate and refer to academic resources and present scientific findings using scholarly forms of communication
  • can approach problems and make decisions regarding invertebrate biology based on scientific knowledge

General competence The candidate…

  • can plan and carry out assignments alone over the semester and present the subject orally and in writing
  • can discuss and exchange knowledge and opinions with others within the community of the field
In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera. Students must purchase their own laboratory coat for use in courses with laboratory exercises.
Compulsory: BSc in Biology
Campus based lectures, seminars, field excusions and lab courses.
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.

Compound assessment, grading scale Letter grades

  • Portfolio, comprises 40/100 of the grade, grading scale Letter grades.
  • Written examination, 4 hours, comprises 60/100 of the grade, grading scale Letter grades.
Pencil, pen, ruler, simple calculator and bilingual dictionaries.