BI2001 - Biogeography and Biosystematics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved exercises 25/100
Home examination 75/100 4 hours

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 from all practicals are mandatory

Further on evaluation

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 individual components will not be graded and assessment consists of an overall final grade. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.
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.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

There is one textbook used in this course in addition to hand-outs. The students need to procure the textbook themselves.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI2000 3.7 01.09.2008
BI2031 3.7 01.09.2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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


Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved exercises 25/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved exercises 25/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 75/100

Release 2020-11-30

Submission 2020-11-30

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 75/100

Release 2021-06-04

Submission 2021-06-04

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

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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