BI1002 - Faunistics and Floristics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work and practical exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical exam 80/100 5 hours B
Work 20/100

Course content

The course gives an introduction to the biological kingdoms, and their evolution and taxonomic classification. This is done by concentrating on knowledge of species and taxons through exercises and use of keys. The main emphasis is put on characteristic groups and species of local ecosystems, and adaptations to the environment and behaviour of the species are integrated parts of the course. Lectures and obligatory laboratory lessons with practical demonstrations alternate during the first eight weeks. Natural history collections at the nearby museum and botanical garden is presented to the students. Day excursions and field courses follow, covering altogether 28 days.

Learning outcome

The candidate will acquire knowledge required to map biodiversity of plants, animals and fungi in Norwegian ecosystems. In some cases this will be limited to an higher taxonomic level (order/family/genus), whereas for other taxa it will extend down to species level (plants, vertebrates and some common invertebrates). Biodiversity can be measured in terms of species richness, functional biodiversity, and phylogenetic biodiversity. Quantification of all those measures requires collection of biological material, and the students will learn basic field methodology for such collections in different ecosystems during field excursions and field courses. At the same time, the candidate gets a basic understanding of species diversity and where the various organisms live.To enable mapping of species richness students will learn how to apply existing literature for identification of organisms. Extensive training in this skill will be given both through lab course, lab activities associated with field courses, and online testing tools. To enable mapping of functional biodiversity the students will also acquire knowledge about morphological traits and life history traits that characterize different taxa. To enable mapping of phylogenetic biodiversity the students will acquire knowledge about phylogenetic trees that show hypotheses about evolutionary relatedness, how these can be constructed using information about phenotypic and/or genetic characters, and how these show the evolutionary relatedness among organisms.

Learning methods and activities

The course is mainly practical and requires a large participation, the total workload is estimated at around 450 hours.

  • Lectures/active learning classroom: 48 hours
  • Laboratory course: 90 hours, mandatory
  • Field course: Day excursions, field course at the coast and in the mountains, total of 28-29 days.
  • Assessment part 1: Several theoretical tests before the day excursions, counts 20 %.
  • Assessment part 2: Practical exam after the field course, in August, counts 80 %. Duration is estimated to 5 hours, but may vary.
  • The laboratory course and the field course must be approved before taking the practical exam.

Admission to this course is restricted

Compulsory assignments

  • Field course
  • Approved laboratory course

Further on evaluation

The course consists of two evaluation parts: a theoretical tests (20%) and a practical exam (80%). Both parts are given individual grades and if both are assessed as passed the grades will be calculated to one final grade.

In case of fail or if you want to improve your grade you will have to follow the course during the next teaching semester and submit new theoretical tests and conduct the practical exam again.

Specific conditions

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI102 15.0
MNKBO100 9.0
ZO100 9.0
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2024-12-01

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology


Examination arrangement: Work and practical exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Practical exam 80/100 B
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Practical exam 80/100 B
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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