BI2001 - Biogeography and Biosystematics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course aims to be a meeting-point for ecology, evolutionary biology, geology and geography. A special focus will be on the natural history and geographical distribution of species as well as which processes lead to the distribution patterns we observe today. The participants of the course will also learn how to treat and evaluate data for phylogenetic and biogeographical analysis. Practical exercises will give hands-on experience with tools used in phylogenetic analyses and analyses of biogeographic patterns.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Understand the connection between evolutionary history, diversity and distribution of organisms on earth. Knowledge of analytical methods used in phylogeny reconstructions and historical biogeography; understand terms and their use in phylogenetic analyses.

Skills: Able to evaluate, understand and interpret results from phylogenetic, biogeographic and phylogeographic analyses.

General qualifications: Understand how evolution and geographical distributions influence speciation and patterns in natural history.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (34 hours) and practicals (8 hours) are held throughout the semester. It is expected that the students contribute actively in the lectures. Written reports (4 in total) from all practicals are mandatory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Reports

Further on evaluation

All mandatory activities must be approved to be able to take the written exam.

Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination.

In the case of 'fail' or 'retake' a final examination is held during the exam period each semester. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

One main textbook is used in addition to hand-outs. The students purchase their own textbooks.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI2000 3.7 AUTUMN 2008
BI2031 3.7 AUTUMN 2008
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethology
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Ecology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-05-14 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 19
  • * 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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