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Postgraduate course

Marin økologi, miljø og ressurser

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Teaching semester


 This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn 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 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 courses of Bachelor's in Biology or Bachelor's in Aquaculture.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Courses equivalent to:

  • BIO100 Introduction to Evolution and Ecology (10 ECTS)
  • BIO102 Organismal Biology 2 (10 ECTS)
  • MAT101 Elementary Calculus I (10 ECTS)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

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

Forms of Assessment

Written digital exam (4 hours), which accounts for 100% of the grade. 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.

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 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

    09.12.2021, 15:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam