BI3082 - Biodiversity and Conservation Biology II


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 60/100 4 hours E
Approved report 40/100

Course content

This course will cover conservation and biodiversity at both the population and ecosystem level with focus on ecological and evolutionary processes and their interactions. Relevant principles from behavioural ecology, population ecology, genetics and evolution will be related to conservation biology and biodiversity. Both the theoretical foundations of conservation biology and empirical examples will be covered.

Learning outcome


The candidate will obtain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Ecological and evolutionary processes that are important for conservation of biodiversity - Important approaches and practices in biodiversity conservation and management.


The candidate will be skilled in:

  • Analyzing and evaluating the importance of biological processes on conservation of biodiversity
  • Critical reading and understanding of scientific results in conservation biology
  • Planning management of biodiversity and biological resources in the light of ecological and evolutionary dynamics.

General competence:

The candidate will obtain competence on:

  • Advanced understanding of biodiversity and conservation biology that is highly valuable both for scientific and management purposes

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, exercises, journal clubs and semester assignment (written project). In the journal clubs, students read and prepare a presentation of selected scientific papers, followed by a discussion regarding scientific content and methodology used. In addition to lectures and journal clubs the course will also include other presentations, seminars, exercises, and/or a written report.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved term paper

Further on evaluation

The course consists of two evaluation parts: a written exam (60%) and written assignment (40%). Both parts are given individual grades and if both are assessed as passed the grades will be calculated to one final grade.

In case of fail or if you want to improve your grade the written exam can be retaken in both semesters, even the one without teaching.

In case of fail or if you want to improve your grade for the project work you can resubmit an improved version for a new assessment.

Specific conditions

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI3080 6.0 AUTUMN 2008
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 E 2022-12-15 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 60/100 E 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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