autumn 2022
BIO-3556 Marine Resource Biology and Technology - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1st for the autumn semester Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This subject is offered as a singular course.

Admission requirements

A bachelor level degree. 

9371 - application code singular course.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

BIO-3558 Fish Ecology and Harvest Technology 2 stp
FSK-2008 Harvest technology in Norwegian marine fisheries 5 stp
FSK-2020 Sustainable fisheries 10 stp

Course content

The course deals with the diversity, ecology and behavior of marine living resources as well as with the technologies designed to exploit and utilize them. Resources range from molecules to vertebrates and ecosystems, with emphasis on marine fisheries. A variety of technologies is considered, from biotechnology to material, gear and fishing boat designs, as well as fish finding electronics, IT and digital applications. Special consideration is given to principles of conservation and resource management, food safety and improved utilization of the catch, and reduction of environmental footprint. The need to adapt products to developing markets and consumer preferences, as well as to the social and cultural contexts is highlighted.

Participation in the course demands an active and investigative attitude from the student.  The subject deals with the diverse topics at introductory level, but the inter-disciplinary synthesis is performed at higher level. The subject is therefore suitable for students with diverse backgrounds who enjoy inter-disciplinary challenges.

Objectives of the course


  • Describes the safe and renewable utilization of living marine resources and ecosystems.
  • Explains biology and behaviour of exploited organisms in relation to their environment
  • Estimates the potential of exploited population and analyses trade-offs for management and society.
  • Describes different types of fishing and research vessels and gears, electronic and digital technology, as well as biotechnology used for research and exploitation.
  • Considers the materials and the technological designs required to achieve energy efficiency, improve human safety, welfare and product quality, minimize environmental footprint and support industrial development.
  • Recognizes the role of research and management of marine resources


  • Uses computers for basic calculations, programming and modeling
  • Performs basic fieldwork and sampling in the marine environment
  • Executes investigative research on inter-disciplinary topics
  • Rehearses presentation and reporting skills in different formats
  • Engages in self-study, organizes research and participates actively in teamwork
  • Deals with critical views in science

General competences:

  • Is acquainted with diverse fisheries, technologies and aquatic value chains worldwide
  • Has familiarity with simple research methods and advice given by marine scientists
  • Has ability to participate in multi-disciplinary teams dealing with natural resources.
  • Is able to present the main principles for the management of aquatic renewable resources

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

he course is organized in independent weekly modules that require integration during the project work. We favour active learning methods and a flipped classroom (blended) approach. This requires that students engage in self-study of basic concepts prior to practical classes.

A variety of learning methods are utilized, including physical and online lectures, seminars, practical labs, fieldwork, cruise and excursions. An obligatory short report performed by teams of students will help summarizing the content of each module.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for exchange students with a bachelor's degree.


Examination: Date: Weighting: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 08.12.2022 09:00
1/3 4 Hours A–E, fail F
Assignment 30.10.2022 13:00 (Hand in) 1/3 A–E, fail F
Assignment 30.11.2022 14:00 (Hand in) 1/3 A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Mandatory assignments Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

At the start of each module, each team of students will be given a short assignment. The problem will be evaluated in class, solved by the team and presented for discussion in the final debriefing seminar of the module.

Re-sit examination

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination. The student(s) must retake the part(s) that he/she failed.

The re-sit exam is held in late February or early March. The deadline to sign up in StudentWeb is 15 January. 

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BIO-3556
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet