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Undergraduate course

Nordic vegetation in the past and present

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO262
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Teaching semester

Autumn, every second year. Next time: autumn 2022.

 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

Aims and content
The course provides an overview of the distribution of plant species and nature tupes in the Nordic regionm with the main emphasis on Norway. Norway's classification system for nature (Nature in Norway- NiN), as well as the most omportant habitats and how these are distributed along ecological gradients, will be presented. It wil be shown how geographical patterns in today's nature are influenced by climate and the environment, but also by historical factors such as species immigration, cultural influence and climate change since the Ice Age. Quaternary landscape and vegetation development are examined.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes
To achieve knowledge of the composition and distribution of the Nordic plant species and habitats in relation to ecology and history. To learn how to classify and map nature according to the system "Nature in Norway (NiN)". Preparation of field course report will provide training in scientific reporting.

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

-Field course 8 days: 7 days field excursion + one day NiN practise

-Writing report for the field course

-Lectures/TBL («Team Based Learning») 4 hours per week for 10 weeks

-seminars where the students present scientific papers.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance to field trip and seminars are compulsory

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 3 hours.

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.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring 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.

Programme Committee

Programstyret har ansvar for fagleg innhald og oppbygging av studiet og for kvaliteten på studieprogrammet og alle emna der.