BI3081 - Scientific Seminars


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

This course is composed of group work, scientific seminars and guest lectures during the entire master programme. The main goal of this course is to give the students an interdisciplinary overview and acquaintance of current topics within the field of ecology, ethology, evolution as well as biological- and social perspectives regarding sustainable management of natural resources. Each student will give two presentations of their master projects, the first one early in the study to discuss the scientific plan, the other one late in the study to discuss the results and interpretations of the student's project. The course also includes group work where the students prepare their presentations and seminars where specific topic will be presented. Guest lectures will be given by senior researchers, mainly international guests. Group work and seminars require active contributions from the participants.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate will have:

  • Deep and specialised knowledge of modern theory and scientific work
  • Thorough understanding of scientific processes
  • Basic principles for data security and proper handling of data, as well as the use of relevant infrastructure for this
  • Understanding and use of relevant models, methods and analysis techniques - Understanding of relevant current scientific biological questions.

Skills: The candidate knows how to

  • Present a scientific project,
  • Critically evaluate own work
  • Formulate of project goals, hypotheses and discussion in a scientific project
  • Critically evaluate scientific studies, as well as manage own data in accordance with good scientific standards and legislation
  • Training in solution of problems by using a scientific approach

General qualifications: The candidate knows how to:

  • work both independently and in collaboration with others, including interdisciplinary teams
  • communicate research results to specialists and to a broader audience through oral presentations in English
  • contribute to knowledge within their specialization
  • actively participate in scientific discussions

Learning methods and activities

Seminar: ca 50 hours each year, mandatory participation Group work: ca 15 hours per year, mandatory participation Teaching will be in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance
  • Presentation

Further on evaluation

More detail about the contents of the portfolio will be given through Blackboard at the start of the semester. All parts of the portfolio must be approved for the student to pass the course. To pass, six presentations must be approved and at least 75% attendance at group work and seminars is obligatory.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biology (MSBIO)

More on the course



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


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
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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