BI3051 - Quantitative Analyses in Ecology and Evolution


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course presents various methods of statistical analyses of biological data, focusing particularly on the relationships between study design and statistical tools, and on the interpretation and presentation of statistical analyses in a biological context. The course comprises lectures, exercises and some discussions based on scientific literature. During the exercises, students analyze data from studies in ecology and evolutionary biology using the statistical software R. The statistical models used during the course are: linear models, generalized linear models, mixed-effects models. The compulsory report consists of analyzing data, interpreting and presenting orally the results of studies in evolutionary ecology.

Learning outcome


The candidate will obtain knowledge of:

  • Statistical models
  • Quantitative analysis in evolution and ecology
  • Experimental design in evolution and ecology
  • Statistical software R


The candidate will be skilled on:

  • perform data analyses
  • Plan experimental design and corresponding data analyses in evolution and ecology
  • Presenting and interpreting statistical results
  • Read critically and understand results from statistical analyses in evolution and ecology - Planning experiment in evolution and ecology

General competence:

The candidate will get competence on:

  • Understand statistical models
  • Write and interpret results of statistical analyses
  • Read critically statistical analyses from the literature

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, seminar discussions. The teaching is to a high degree based on exercises where the students analyze data from experiments in ecology and evolution. The students will work and present in groups.

Lectures/seminars: 30 hours

Exercises: 40 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral group presentation

Further on evaluation

Assessment for the course is a written exam (100%).

The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.

The mandatory activity consists of group work with an oral presentation of the work. The work must be approved to take the final exam. Once the mandatory activity is approved it remains valid even in case of failure at the final exam.

Course materials

Lecture notes and primary literature provided and discussed during the course

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethology
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Ecology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-06 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 Sluppenvegen 14 30
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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