BI1003 - Ecology, Behaviour, Evolution and Sustainability


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 6 hours D

Course content

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to ecology, behaviour and evolution, the relationship between the three disciplines, and how they can help us handle today's environmental challenges, in Norway and globally.

Learning outcome


After completion of the course, the candidate should have:

  • solid fundamental knowledge of evolution, ecology and behaviour, and of connections between the three disciplines
  • a good understanding of evolution and natural selection as the basis for ecological and behavioural phenomena and processes
  • solid knowledge about global environmental challenges, biodiversity and conservation biology, including how the disciplines of the course can help us handle these challenges
  • a good understanding of major concepts and methods within the subject area


at completion of the course, the candidate can:

  • efficiently search for relevant scientific literature on a subject
  • communicate scientific knowledge both in written and oral form, to academic and lay audiences
  • use knowledge from ecology, behaviour and evolution to analyse and address global and local environmental challenges

General competence:

after completion of the course, the candidate should:

  • understand the major theories, concepts, principles and processes of ecology, behaviour and evolution
  • understand the role of the disciplines in science and society

Learning methods and activities

The course includes a range of learning and teaching activities: in-class teaching sessions ('lectures'), a literature-based project (in groups), an excursion, a poster presentation, and symposia with contributions from invited scientists, teachers and students. The course has a strong emphasis on student-active learning, which is the core of the projects, the excursion and the symposia. In-class teaching also includes interactive elements, among students, and between teacher and students. Focus on environmental challenges and sustainability provide a framework for the whole course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved project work

Further on evaluation

In case of fail or improvement of grade a new final exam is held during the exam period both spring and fall semester. Mandatory activities that have previously been approved will be valid as long as the course does not undergo major changes. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The course uses textbooks of general biology, ecology and animal behaviour. Titles and other information is given in the course plan for the teaching term in question. The project work is based on scientific literature from journals, books and other sources, primarily searched for by the students.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI103 15.0
MNKBI130 9.0
ZO140 6.0
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
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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