MB104314 - Marine Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The subject covers different marine biological topics, including an introduction to marine science and research, ocean chemistry, oceanography and marine geology. An introduction is also given to fundamental biology and systematics. The course will give the student knowledge about different groups of marine plants and animals, their development, structure and anatomy, as well as their physiological adaptations to life in the ocean. To what extent different groups of marine organisms are utilized commercially will also be covered, and potential sustainability challenges of this exploitation. The student will learn different biological terms that will be used as an integrated part of the education. The subject will have an emphasis on the marine environment in Norway, including knowledge about the most common species of invertebrates, fish and marine mammals.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the students:

  • have a basic understanding of ocean chemistry, oceanography and marine geology
  • have knowledge about common biological terms
  • know the anatomical structure and life cycle of some selected groups of marine organisms
  • have knowledge about anatomy and physiology of some groups of marine organisms
  • have a general overview of the commercial utilization of different groups of marine species, and the sustainability of these fisheries
  • have knowledge about the most important marine algae and animals in Norwegian waters

Skills - the students:

  • are able to acquire knowledge about different topics within marine biology.
  • work with biological material in the field and the laboratory.
  • can use field equipment for marine biological sampling
  • can perform dissection of fish and/or shellfish.
  • are able to write a simple scientific report.

Competance - the students:

  • have a general knowledge about life in the ocean and is capable of presenting and discussing marine biological topics

Learning methods and activities

Pedagogical methods: Lectures (about 50 hours), 2 laboratory exercises and 1-2 days of fieldwork. Attendance at laboratory exercises and fieldwork is compulsory. Total workload including self studies: 200 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

Candidates must have attended mandatory activities, and reports from field and laboratory work must be approved in order to take the final exam. Approved mandatory activities are valid for three terms.

Written exam (100 %).

Re-sit exams might be changed to a oral examination.

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biomarine innovation (298BMI)

Course materials

Castro & Huber: Marine biology, eleventh edition (McGrawHill Education). ISBN13: 9781260289244. MHID 1-260-08510-4

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI2060 2.0 AUTUMN 2019

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS School exam 100/100 E 2022-12-19 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-05-22 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
G132 Gnisten/Fagskolen 32
G317 Gnisten/Fagskolen 1
C215 Ankeret/Hovedbygget 2
  • * 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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