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spring 2017

BIO-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 18.04.2017

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

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in "Marine Ecology and Resource Biology". The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Course content

The subject deals with population dynamics and growth in pelagic and benthic organisms i boreal/polar areas and interactions between organism groups. The course covers methods and regulatory mechanisms for primary production in phytoplankton and ice algae, and secondary production at lower trophic levels, especially zooplankton and benthos. Another theme is population dynamics and models. In addition to lectures, the course consists of article seminars on current research themes, laboratory and computation exercises and, if possible, a cruise.

Objectives of the course

Students that have completed Bio-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas:
  •     Know the size distribution of organisms in the ocean in northern/Arctic regions.
  •     Know the differences between biomass and production.
  •     Know the main methods for measuring primary and secondary production.
  •     Have thorough understand the mechanisms that regulate production in the ocean.
  •     Know basic population dynamics and understand the models used therein.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course has multiple teaching approaches


Portifolio assessment: One cruisereport, one essay and one oral presentation. The exam will be assessed with a graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. The final grade for the course is based upon a complete evaluation of the various components in the  portifolio assessment.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.  



Course overlap

BIO-316 Marin populasjonsdynamikk og produktivitet 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.


Fredrika Norrbin

Førsteamanuensis. Planktonøkologi
Telefon: +4777644747
Mobil: 91814340 fredrika.norrbin@uit.no


Siv Andreassen

Telefon: +4777646381 siv.andreassen@uit.no