BI3086 - How to do Science


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours C

Learning outcome

How to do science is an obligatory introductory course for all master students at IBI. It is designed to motivate the students to start their master's thesis, giving them the right expectations and tools to begin. It builds a good philosophy around science and gives them some ethical aspects before they start.

The learning outcome is to know how to search for literature, how to read and write scientific texts, and how to present and give feedback to others.

The students design a whole MSc project from scratch. Together in groups, the students find a topic, define goals and hypotheses, design their study, do the study, analyze their data, interpret the results, and write and present their thesis in plenum.

Learning methods and activities

With the help of teaching assistants, the students work in groups to reach their goals. Teachers have some lectures but most of the teaching hours are open discussions and student active learning.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance

Required previous knowledge

You have to be accepted as a master's student.

Course materials

All the material is given or found during the course.

More on the course

Version: 1
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Faculty of Natural Sciences

Department with administrative responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

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