BI3036 - Plant Ecology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 60/100 1 hours D
Project work 40/100

Course content

The course covers plant ecology on advanced level. The course deals with plant's life history and functional traits, demography, and interactions between plants, between plants and animals and between plants and the remaining ecosystem.

Learning outcome

On completion of the course the students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Advanced topics in plant life history and reproduction strategies (incl. seed and pollination ecology)
  • Functional traits related to population, community, and landscape level
  • Interactions between plants and the abiotic and biotic environment
  • Diversity and distribution of plants
  • Restoration of plant communities
  • Conservation of plants and plant communities
  • Plants and climate change


  • The student can analyze the current theories, methods, and interpretations within the field plant ecology, and work independently on practical and theoretical problem solving with respect to plant responses in terms of functional traits, life history, demography, and ecosystem interactions in different ecosystems.

General competence:

  • The student can understand, present, discuss, and critically evaluate scientific advanced literature

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures/Seminar: 40 hours, mandatory
  • Project work: The student must choose a topic within plant ecology and write a review article on the topic

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved

Further on evaluation

The course consists of two evaluation parts: an oral exam (60%) and project work (40%). Both parts are given individual grades and if both are assessed as passed the grades will be converted into one final grade.

Oral exam:

In case of fail or if the student wants to improve the grade, the oral exam can be retaken in both spring and autumn semester

Project work:

  • In case of fail, the student can resubmit an improved version for a new assessment.
  • In case the student wants to improve the grade for the project work, the student will have to follow the course again and submit a new project.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNKBO332 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
MNKBO320 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
BO3032 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Ecology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Project work 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 60/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Project work 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 60/100 D
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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