BIO-2310 Arctic biology - 10 ECTS
The course is elective in the Bachelor programme in Biology. It is required for those students who (plan to) select the Arctic Animal Physiology specialization within the Master in Biology programme.
The course is limited to 20 students because of space limitations during the obligatory cruise to the West Ice. Candidates are accepted in the course based on the following criteria:
- Minimum 10 credits in animal physiology
- Students who have been accepted on the masters program in Biology
- Students in the bachelor program in Biology who aim to do a masters project specializing in "Arctic Animal Physiology"
- Other students on the bachelor program in biology and exchange students. These students are ranked based on grades and motivation letter
The course is not available as singular course.
Qualified students must apply by the 1st of December 2021 through this webform: Apply for BIO-2310
Please note! students must expect some costs associated with the purchase of clothing used during the field expedition.
Knowledge: Candidates should be able to
- explain how the Arctic region is defined and delineated
- describe the abiotic conditions that characterize the region and that define conditions for animal life, and how these conditions change with seasons
- describe the biodiversity of the region and how it varies seasonally, i.e., describe the animals that inhabit the region (permanently or migratory), their general biology, life history and characteristic, at the species level
- understand the mechanisms of physiological adaptations that enable these animals to cope with those challenges and thereby survive in their respective habitat. Specifically, the candidate should know the basic principles for:
- Defense mechanisms against freezing
- Digestive adaptations
- Energy homeostasis
- Adaptations to diving
- Seasonal adaptations
Skills: Candidates should be able to
- apply gained theoretical knowledge to address defined practical problems related to the topics listed above
- use basic methodology learned from own data collection during practical exercises; e.g., basic laboratory work, basic animal ethics and handling, dissection, data analyses, in part under challenging field conditions
- communicate in writing, current knowledge from the recommended reading/syllabus
- know basic field safety/security regulations and how to take necessary precautions/ emergency preparedness when operating at sea under challenging weather conditions
General skills: Candidates should
- understand the process of generating scientific knowledge
- analyze and reflect critically over data obtained through own data collection, or as reported by others in relevant scientific literature (scientific papers)
- present written scientific content clearly and in logical order while using language appropriate for the audience and occasion
- develop ability to work/cooperate in a group, from addressing a specific problem to writing up results and conclusions in a report
- appreciate the challenges involved in operating under field conditions (e.g., co-existing in a confined space in a ship under highly variable weather conditions, under outdoor Arctic climate conditions, etc.)
This course is available for inbound exchange students.
This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements. Please see the Admission requirements.
Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT
6 hours written exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.
In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for the following coursework requirements:
- Mandatory participation in safety training in preparation for the research cruise to the Greenland Sea, as well as on board the research vessel.
- Participation on cruise and cruisereport.
Approved coursework requirements have a duration of 3 years, from the semester in which the work requirements were taken.
There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.
- About the course
- Campus: Tromsø |
- ECTS: 10
- Course code: BIO-2310
- Responsible unit
- Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi