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Undergraduate course

Plant Systematics, Morphology and Evolution

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO230
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester

Spring. The course will not be taught spring 2023.

This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (<email>studie.bio@uib.no</email>). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Objectives and Content

The course will give students an introduction to diversity in vascular plants with emphasis on systematics and evolution. Revision of evolutionary kinship and morphological characteristics of the most important vascular plant groups including cultivated crops.There will be special emphasis on crops. Students will gain practical experience in basic molecular and phylogenetic methods.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the students will: * Understand and describe plant diversity, evolution, classification and distribution. * Understand and describe plant morphology from an evolutionary and systematic perspective. * Recognize and name a selection of families and important plant groups. * Perform molecular systematic work and easier phylogenetic analysis. * Perform botanical fieldwork and collection of material.

Required Previous Knowledge

BIO101 Organismal Biology 1 and BIO102 Organismal Biology 2, or equivalent courses.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Compulsory subjects of bachelor's in biology

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Laboratary exerercises (morphology and molecular), oral presentation and field trips, inclusive data collecting.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment. The following are included in the portfolio:

  1. Approved lab journals.
  2. Approved projectwork
  3. Presentation of vascular plant ggroups
  4. Litteraturequiz

Each part counts 25%.

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.

Assessment Semester


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