autumn 2017

BIO-2013 Fundamentals of Ecotoxicolgy II - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 28.02.2018

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

The course is the practical component of the course Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology. The course is obligatory for undergraduate students taking the BSc programme Miljøledelse og Forurensningsbiologi. The course is also available for other biology students and exchange students at a biology study program. Available as singular course.

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.

Application code: 9336

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. 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 -   Obligatory prerequisites: Students that have not taken the courses BIO-2002, KJE-1001 or MBI-1001 must have taken simular courses in physiology, chemestry, cell and molecular biology at university level.

Obligatory prerequisites

BIO-2002 Physiology II (Animal Physiology), KJE-1001 Introduction to chemistry and the chemistry of biology, MBI-1001 Cell and molecular biology

Course content

This course aims to give students practical training in experimental design, sampling procedures and chemical and biological analyses. Finally, students will learn to write a scientific report and discuss results in light of literature.Students will perform an ecotoxicity experiment (study species and experiment to be defined later) at the biological station of Kårvika. Analyses of relevant biomarkers will be performed at UiT.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-1005 Ecology and Evolution

Objectives of the course

Students who have completed this course shall have knowledge about:

  • Critical evaluation of ecotoxicology tools used in research and environmental monitoring

Students who have completed this course shall have skills about:

  • Formulation of hypotheses and predictions
  • Experimental design
  • Biological sampling
  • Biochemical analyses
  • Scientific writing

Students who have completed this course shall have general competance about:

  • Scientific writing
  • Oral presentation
  • Literature search

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, lab and seminars.


Oral exam (50%), lab report (50%). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. The lab report has to be passed in order to take the oral exam. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination. The re-sit exam consist of oral exam only.

Date for examination

Oral examination 12.12.2017

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-2008 Introduction to ecotoxicology 8 stp
BIO-3007 Ecotoxicology: A practical introduction to environmental monitoring tools 4 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Contact the course responsible.


Andreassen, Siv

Telefon: +4777646381

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Bourgeon, Sophie

Associate professor - Arctic marine ecotoxicology
Telefon: +4777646033