BI1002 - Faunistics and Floristics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination/Writte examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 20/100 4 hours E
Practical examination 80/100 5 hours B

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, fieldcourse at the coast and in the mountains, total of 28-29 days.

Exam part 1: 4 hours written (theory) in April / May before the day excursions, counts 20 %.

Exam part 2: Practical exam after the field course, in August, counts 80 %. Duration is estimated to 5 hours, but may vary.

Admission to this course is restricted

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved laboratory course
  • Field course

Further on evaluation

Please refer to these supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU for information on re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses.
1. Final examination in each semester-for courses with prefix BI, IT and KJ a final examination is held during the examination period every semester.
2. New assessment incase of “fail” -please refer to the course description for details on which components of the course need to be retaken in case of re-assessment.

All assessment components included in the course must be passed. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake' , the final written examination needs to be taken again. Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination only. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI102 15.0
MNKBO100 9.0
ZO100 9.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-12-01

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 12
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology


Examination arrangement: Practical examination/Writte examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 20/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 20/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Practical examination 80/100 B
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Practical examination 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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