Undergraduate course

Research Practice in Biology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeBIO299
  • Number of semesters1
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Spring and autumn

The course provides advanced Bachelors students with the opportunity to participate in a research project in collaboration with an experienced biologist. Please notice that youcannot be accepted to the course until you have a project with one of the scientific staff at the Department. It is the student's responsibility to find a project and a supervisor. Contact a relevant scientific employee or study@bio.uib.no for assistance in finding a relevant project and supervisor.

Contact study@bio.uib.no for more information, and to apply for admission to the course.

Objectives and Content

Through research practice in biology, students gain practical experience with research as a process and work method.

    Students acquire relevant academic knowledge and skills and at the same time build academic identity and understanding of roles.

    Through participating in research, the students develop a better understanding of the specificity of research and the contribution of research in society


The student will, under the guidance of a scientific employee at BIO,carry out a practical research assignment. The practice assignment can be a stand-alone or part of an ongoing research project, and it can be carried out independently or in collaboration with other students. The thesis may be methodical, empirical, analytical, or theoretical.

The student will gain knowledge of the research process (the path from hypothesis or a research question via study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of the results) and will gain practical experience with two or more of the steps in this process (for example, data collection, data compilation, and writing of field or lab report).

To be admitted to the course, one must have agreed on a research project with one of the academic staff at the BIO department. It is the student's responsibility to find a supervisor and agree on a project. Contact a relevant academic employee or studie@bio.uib.no for help in finding a relevant task and supervisor.

The scope of the course is a total of approx. 250 hours including compulsory activities as well as planning, implementation, reporting, and presentation of results from the project.

learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes


The student

  • has knowledge of biological research as a process and working method
  • can explain the principles behind and the purpose of the research activities that are included in the project assignment
  • has experience with some of the field's scientific methods
  • can place their own data and findings in a professional context


The student

  • can plan, implement, and report results from a defined research task according to the standards of the subject
  • can find, summarize and use specialist knowledge relevant to a defined academic project
  • has knowledge of how the results in the project assignment can be interpreted and evaluated
  • can assess their own results against updated professional knowledge within the field

General competence

The student

  • develops understanding of the specificity of research and the contribution of research in society
  • develops professional identity and understanding of roles
  • can work with others in a research community
  • can create and present a professional poster

Required Previous Knowledge

Compulsory parts of the bachelor's degree in biology or equivalent from another institution.

Access to the Course

The course is available for students enrol in a study programme at Department of Biological Sciences.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Start-up seminar on Research practice in biology
  • Independent work on a research assignment under the guidance of a scientific employee at BIO. The practice assignment is agreed with the supervisor, and may consist of lab work, field work or other things that are relevant to the task in question.
  • A written documentation of the results of the thesis. The format is agreed with the supervisor, and can for example be a field report, lab report, a documented data set, or a full scientific report
  • The student participates in a poster workshop and presents his work as a poster.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Mandatory participation in a research project.
  • Mandatory attendance at seminar / start-up meeting
  • Mandatory participation at poster workshop
  • Mandatory participation at poster presentation

Forms of Assessment

The student provides a written documentation of the results of the practice project. The format is adapted to the needs of the project, and is agreed with the supervisor.

The student participates in a poster workshop and presents his work as a poster in a poster session.

Grading Scale

Pass / 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.

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