Systematics and Biology of Algae
Spring. The course will not be held spring 2020.
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.
The course will not be held unless a minimum of 5 students are enrolled.
Objectives and Content
The aim of the course is to give the students a good overview over the evolutionary development of algae, and an introduction to systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and biology of algae. Species, both microalgae and macroalgae, will be used as examples during the presentation of different algal groups. The course shall also give an introduciton to the physiological adaptation of different algal groups to the environment in which they live. The course will include lectures, one seminar, field activity and laboratory activity. A laboratory experiment on photosynthesis and growth in unicellular algae will be carried out.
1. Give an overview of the developmental history of the most important algal groups and explain important theories and hypotheses in relation to this
2. Give an overview of systematic groups within important algal groups, with examples, and the most important characters which unite and separate these
3. Have acquired basic knowledge about biogeographical regions and be able to give a biogeographical overview on distribution of important algal groups
4. Give an overview of the theoretical background in algal physiology and how environmental factors influence the functions, growth and survivial of algae
5. Describe how algal groups are adapted to the environment in which they live
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Bachelors's degree in biology or the equivalent
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Lab course and approved report.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 4 hours.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
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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