spring 2016

BIO-2003 From Individuals to Ecosystems - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 07.04.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Concerns only admission to singular courses.Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical. The course is available for students at the study programs Biologi, klima og miljø and Miljøledelse og forurensningsbiologi. The course is also available to exchange students from other biology study programs. The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries must have:

Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav:

Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:

  • Matematikk (R1+R2)
  • Fysikk (1+2)
  • Kjemi (1+2)
  • Biologi (1+2)
  • Informasjonsteknologi (1+2)
  • Geofag (1+2)
  • Teknologi og forskningslære (1+2)

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants). It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website - nokut.no

Course content

The course builds on prevailing ecological understanding from the level of individuals to populations and communities and finally to the ecosystem level. Each level will be addressed through current theoretical frameworks and methodologies within the associated research disciplines such as ecophysiology, life history, population, community and ecosystem ecology. The course will provide insight into how abiotic environmental factors and biotic interactions affect biodiversity, biological production in species and ecosystem function in different ecosystems. The course also examines how the adaptation of individual organisms to environmental variation in space and time can provide dynamics and structure at the population, community and ecosystem level.

Objectives of the course

After completing the course the student should have acquired knowledge in ecological theory and introduction to key ecological studies. Study examples will largely be sourced from northern ecosystems and current research topics at UiT. Students should also have acquired introduction to basic ecological modeling.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and computer lab.


4 hours written exam. Grade: A-F, F is failed. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.

Coursework requirements: participation on seminars and computer lab.

Date for examination

Written 07.06.2016

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

BIO-2102 Ecological theory (Ecology 2a) 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Available in Fronter.

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Bråthen, Kari Anne

Telefon: +4777646629 kari.brathen@uit.no


Andreassen, Siv

Telefon: +4777646381 siv.andreassen@uit.no