BI2060 - Marine Ecology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades
Term:  Autumn

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

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades
Term:  Spring

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 40/100
School exam 60/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course gives a broad introduction to marine ecology, how marine organisms interact with each other and with their environment, with a special focus on Norwegian and Nordic environments and topics. Main topics in the course include: marine biogeography and biodiversity; the abiotic environment; primary production in the marine environments; marine food webs; pelagic, benthic and deep-sea ecosystems; trophic cascades in marine ecosystems; aquaculture and fisheries; climate change; human impacts on marine ecosystems; and marine conservation.

Learning outcome


Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Explain major concepts in marine ecology
  • Describe biogeographic patterns of pelagic and benthic organisms,
  • Compare and contrast the basic ecology of pelagic and benthic ecosystems with a focus on functional groups
  • Understand marine food web dynamics
  • Appraise differences among major marine ecosystems
  • Discuss sources of human disturbance on marine ecosystems and understand their impacts


The student will be able to:

  • Analyze simple ecological data
  • Interpret data charts, graphs, and tables
  • Evaluate claims based on provided data

General competence:

The student will be able to:

  • Discuss concepts important to marine ecology
  • Work constructively in a group
  • Consider complex problems from multiple viewpoints and evaluate possible outcomes
  • Evaluate statements in light of provided data
  • Learning methods and activities

Learning methods and activities

Course consists of lectures (conducted in English) providing background on relevant topics, and group work activities that allow students deeper exploration and understanding of topics covered during lectures. Copies of lectures are uploaded to Blackboard.

Textbook: Kaiser et al. (last version). Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts. Oxford University Press. In addition to the textbook, teachers will give specific recommendations about additional literature.

Further on evaluation

The course consists of two evaluation parts: in-class group work (40%) and final exam (60%). The students must pass each part for the overall course grade to be assigned.

In case of fail or retake (improvement) the exam can be held during the exam period in semester without teaching. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught. In-class group work can be improved (retaken) by participating in group work during the next teaching semester for the course.

If you wish to appeal the grade of the exam this must be done within three weeks after the grade has been published or you have received the explanation for your grade

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBI260 7.5
MNKBI260 7.5
MB104114 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
MB104314 2.0 AUTUMN 2019
BIA2001 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course



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)
  • Aqua Culture
  • Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Ecology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-20 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 4

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 60/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 40/100
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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