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Undergraduate course

Organismal Biology 1

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO101
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Level of Study


Objectives and Content

 Goals for the course is to provide an overview of the origin, systematics and evolution of living organisms on earth.

The student will be presented for general morphological traits in central phyla through lectures and lab courses. Classical dissection and microscopy techniques will be used to demonstrate the morphological structures and biosystematiske details of selected plants and animals. Microbial detection methods will be used to characterize and identify selected prokaryotes.

The course includes extensive laboratory courses.

For students to continue with the subject BIO102 will be required to attend field courses belonging to BIO102 at the end of the spring semester.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students should:

  • have a basic understanding of how organisms have evolved over time through Earth's history.
  • be able to reconstruct how simple life forms have evolved into more complex and multicellular forms.
  • possess an overview of the section of the main groups in the tree of life (domains, ranges and phyla).
  • have basic knowledge about the morphology and characteristics of the key taxa.
  • apply this knowledge to understand the individual biosystematic location, evolutionary path and kinship of the key taxa.
  • have knowledge about basic identification tools used to identify and classify central organism groups.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

BIF101: 6 ECTS

BIO111: 5 ECTS

BIO112: 5 ECTS

BIO113. 5 ECTS

Forms of Assessment

 Written exam

Examination Support Material


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.

Reading List

The readinglistj will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the programme and courses.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of biological Sciences are administratively responsible for the course.

Contact Information

Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no

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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    05.06.2023, 15:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam