Postgraduate course

Systematics and Biology of Algae

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO311
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to give the students a good overview over the evolutionary development of algae, and an introduction to systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and biology of algae. Species, both microalgae and macroalgae, will be used as examples during the presentation of different algal groups. The course shall also give an introduciton to the physiological adaptation of different algal groups to the environment in which they live. The course will include lectures, one seminar, field activity and laboratory activity. A laboratory experiment on photosynthesis and growth in unicellular algae will be carried out.

Learning Outcomes

1. Give an overview of the developmental history of the most important algal groups and explain important theories and hypotheses in relation to this

2. Give an overview of systematic groups within important algal groups, with examples, and the most important characters which unite and separate these

3. Have acquired basic knowledge about biogeographical regions and be able to give a biogeographical overview on distribution of important algal groups

4. Give an overview of the theoretical background in algal physiology and how environmental factors influence the functions, growth and survivial of algae

5. Describe how algal groups are adapted to the environment in which they live

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Bachelors's degree in biology or the equivalent

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Lab course and approved report.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours.

Grading Scale

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


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    01.12.2017, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam