spring 2021
FSK-2051 Aquatic Biology II - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester.

Type of course

This is an elective course for students in the bachelor’s programme in Fisheries and Aquaculture science. The course is available as a singular course.  

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification (generell studiekompetanse) or prior learning and work experience (realkompetanse).

Application code (Nordic applicants): 9199

Obligatory prerequisites

FSK-1120 Aquatic biology for Fisheries and aquaculture scienceor BIO-2506 Introduction to Fish Biology

Course content

This is a bachelor course on aquatic biology and ecology. The course is intended to broaden and deepen students understanding on the ecology of aquatic systems and the interaction between species and their environment. After completion of the course, students will have developed several scientific skills and acquired strong biological knowledge in aquatic systems.

Objectives of the course

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.

Knowledge The candidate

  • has knowledge about fundamental ecological relationships between marine organisms and infer their evolutionary history and adaptations to the aquatic environment.
  • has broad  knowledge of the impact of human activities on aquatic organisms and their environment.

Skills The candidate

  • can describe and interpret the structure, functions and dynamics of aquatic ecosystemscan apply academic knowledge  to obtain and use biological and environmental information from large data repositories such as Barentswatch or Kystverket.
  • can find, evalute and refer  to scientific literature of the role of natural and human-induced stressors on aquatic ecosystems, and integrate relevant information into a scientific report.
  • can  plan and carry out a project assignment, from data collection and analysis to presentation and discussion of major findings for an audience.
  • can  conduct basic research on aquatic ecosystems: formulate hypotheses, design experiments, analyse the results, interpret and present the main findings to an audience.

General The candidate

  •  can plan and carry out varied assignments and projects  in accordance with ethical requirements and principles.
  • can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in aquatic biology and ecology, thereby contributing to the development of good practice.
  •  can communicate important academic subject matters such as theories, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally, as well as through other relevant forms of communication
  • will be able to gather, synthesize and document relevant scientific information on aquatic biodiversity and environmental issues and assist to coastal zone management policies
  • has gained knowledge to contribute with constructive arguments to general discussions about the impact of climate change on aquatic ecosystems

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction in this course is English, and all the syllabus materials is in English. The exams can be written in English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

The course will be taught as a series of lectures, seminars, fieldwork and laboratory exercise. Necessary safety training for laboratory and fieldwork will be given.


Case studies (written essay and presentation, 60 % of mark) and oral examination (40 % of mark).

A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Obligatory coursework requirement. The course has 2 coursework requirements:

  • Attendance to seminars (80% attendance)
  • Fieldwork and laboratory exercises (100% attendance) and passed laboratory report

Re-sit exam

There will be a re-sit examination for candidates who did not pass the previous examination. The re-sit exam will be to submit a revised version of the essay, do a new presentation and a new oral examination.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FSK-2051
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