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Postgraduate course

Systematics and Biology of Algae

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO311
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring. The course will not be held spring 2022.

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.

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to give the students a good overview of the evolutionary development of algae, and an introduction to systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and biology of algae, including utilization and cultivation of different algae. Species, both microalgae and macroalgae, will be used as examples during the presentation of different algal groups. The course will also give an introduction 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. Laboratory experiments on photosynthesis and growth in unicellular algae, and on cultivation of different stages of life cycles of multicellular algae will be carried out.

Learning Outcomes

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. Demonstrate how knowledge on algal life cycles can be used for cultivation purposes

4. Have acquired basic knowledge about biogeographical regions and be able to give a biogeographical overview on distribution of important algal groups

5. Give an overview of the theoretical background in algal physiology and how environmental factors influence the functions, growth and survivial of algae

6. Describe how algal groups are adapted to the environment in which they live

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelors's degree in biology or the equivalent.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Laboratory course and approved report.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours.

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.

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