Postgraduate course

Marine Ecology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO213
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to marine ecosystems and how these are formed by nature and human activities. The characteristics of, and the environmental conditions regulating, the ocean's primary production, micobial processes and secondary production are reviewed. The world's marine ecosystems are classified into main categories and particular emphasis is given for the characteristics of Norwegian coastal ecosystems. Main features of world fisheries, aquaculture, ocean pollution and climate change and their effects on the marine ecosystem are discussed.

Learning Outcomes

After having completed the course, students will be able to:

  • explain how primary production, microbial processes, and secondary production are regulated in the marine ecosystems
  • explain the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the different main categories of the marine ecosystem
  • explain main features of the world's fisheries, aquaculture, ocean pollution, and climate change
  • explain characteristics that apply to Norwegian coastal and fjord ecosystems and be able to formulate simple models for how the emission of substances affect open versus closed coastal ecosystems

Required Previous Knowledge

Compulsory subjects of Bachelor's in Biology or Bachelor's in Aquaculture.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved compulsory assignments (reports) (valid in ongoing and the following semesters).

Forms of Assessment

 Approved compulsory assignments. Written digital exam: 4 hours. No exam support material.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    21.02.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam