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Postgraduate course

Marine Community Ecology - Organisms and Habitats

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO212
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.

Objectives and Content

The subject gives an introduction to marine community ecology, emphasising benthic communities (e.g. interactions between marine plants and/or animals), organisms (ranging from protists to marine mammals) and habitats. The organisms will be described on the basis of their ecological adaptations, and examples from different geographical and bathymetrical areas will be given.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the subject is to give students a thorough understanding of marine biodiversity, including species compositition and the functional and structural relationships in different communities. The course represents a common platform for all students choosing the study programme `marine biodiversity¿.

Required Previous Knowledge

Compulsory courses in Bachelor in Biology/Sustainable Aquaculture.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

BIO213 (10 ECTS).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Compulsory seminar presentation
  • Compulsory seminar report

Approved compulsory activities are valid for 6 semesters, including the semester of completion. Compulsory activities have to be passed in order to take the exam.

Forms of Assessment

  • Oral exam, accounts for 100% of total grade.

Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2, UiB is closed for teaching and assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment spring semester 2020:

  • Grading scale ¿Pass/Fail¿ instead of ¿A-F¿

Grading Scale

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

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.


Contact Information

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

Exam information