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Postgraduate course

Alpine Ecology

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Objectives and Content

The main goal of the course is to provide advanced biology students an introduction to the characteristics of organisms in the alpine zone. This will be demonstrated through lectures, practical demonstration and group work during the field trip at Finse Alpine Research Station.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should


  • Have a thorough understanding of what characterizes subalpine and alpine areas
  • Know what factors that affect the biodiversity and community structure under extreme environments
  • Know what factors that affect organisms¿ life cycles, fluctuations and cycles as well as interactions between different organisms
  • Know what animals and plants that are dominating the alpine zones


  • Be able to do ecological studies like field surveys, do transects and other data collection
  • Be able to obtain knowledge from scientific articles and present their essence, and be able to discuss this with others
  • Be able to identity selected animals and plants that are typical for subalpine and alpine regions both in terrestrial and limnic biotopes

General competence

  • Know what characterizes life in alpine areas and how this is different from the lowlands
  • Know how organisms adapt to extreme environments

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Field course, lectures and information meeting. Approved mandatory activities are valid for 6 semesters.

The fieldcourse will be held September 3-8 2019 at Finse Alpine Research Center.

Participation in field activities

Students enrolled in courses that include field activities necessitating overnight accommodation, are required to cover their own expenses for food and drinks during the stay. Due to rules and requirements related to food handling and hygiene, the University of Bergen is required to purchase food from the various accommodation locations, and we can therefore not allow students to bring their own food. The Department of Biology is therefore responsible for ordering food for all students. Students are required to pay a deductible of NOK 100,-/day for these food expenses.

The Department of Biology covers expenses related to transportation and accommodation, and any food expenses surpassing the student deductible of NOK 100,-/day.

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam

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

Exam information