BI3085 - Biology without borders


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Participation seminars and oral presentation
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Participation seminars and oral presentation 100/100

Course content

The main goals of this course are to: 1. Acquaint students with interdisciplinary understanding and critical thinking of current research and applications of biological science in physiology, ecology, ethology, evolution, biosystematics, and molecular biology, and 2. Develop skills in planning, implementing, discussing, and present the results of a Master’s level research project.

The framework of the course is seminars, guest lectures, group work, and student presentations. Senior researchers at NTNU, guest speakers from other institutions in the Trondheim area, and invited international speakers will give seminars focused on application of biological research to sustainable utilization and management of natural resources.

Students will work in interdisciplinary groups to develop and deliver seminar presentations, the first early in the studies to discuss the scientific plan, and the second towards the end of the studies to present results and conclusions. The seminars require active involvement and participation from the students.

Learning outcome

On completion of the course students should be familiar with selected themes in basic and applied research across the full spectrum of biological disciplines. Knowledge: The candidate will have:

  • knowledge and understanding about results from current multidisciplinary research, industry or management related projects in biological science and management
  • Understanding and use of relevant models, methods and analysis techniques
  • Knowledge about the activity of fellow master student projects
  • Understanding of relevant current scientific biological questions and relevance to sustainable management and use of natural resources


  • be able to present a scientific project, and to discuss and critically evaluate own work
  • formulate project goals, hypotheses and discussion in a scientific project
  • critically analyse and actively participate in discussing scientific materials/presentations

General competence (attitudes): The candidate is able to:

  • communicate research results to specialists and to a broader audience through oral presentations in English
  • understand scientific content of topics unrelated to own specialised field
  • Have an open mind to explore natural sciences in a wider perspective
  • actively participate in scientific discussions

Learning methods and activities

Seminars: 45 hours each semester, 4 semesters in total

Further on evaluation

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester.

To pass you have to attend at least 75% of the seminars and conduct two presentations.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Admitted to the Master's program in biology.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Term no.: 4
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Zoophysiology
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Participation seminars and oral presentation

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Participation seminars and oral presentation 100/100
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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