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BIO-3529 Academic skills - 5 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Multi-disciplinary course. This is a master course designed for students of the Department of arctic and marine biology and the Norwegian College of Fishery Science.

Course contents

Writing a MA thesis benefits from the acquisition of competencies outside of the specific study, e.g. being aware of current academic norms, mastering the academic writing style, knowing how to retrieve, evaluate, and treat sources, and having some familiarity with the publication process.

This course gives MA students an opportunity to enhance their own academic skills relevant for their level of study. Combining discipline-specific writing and the above-mentioned themes, the participants learn how to best approach the MA writing process.

The course is organized around four main sections.

Admission requirements

The course may be taken as a single course by students who meet the admission requirements for a MA program. The course is designed for first year MA-students, but may also be taken the second year. The maximum limit of participants is 25.

Objective of the course



General competence:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course has a seminar format, organized as interactive sessions combining theory and lessons with discussion and practice. Some hours are entirely devoted to group work.


Oral exam: Make a 10-minute presentation on your master-project. Use how to make scientific presentations - format as far as possible (found on Fronter).Grade: Pass/Fail.

Coursework requirements:
1) Obligatory attendance on 80% of lectures
2) Obligatory attendance in group-work assignments
3) Post-work assignment: Give the presentation to your research-group/the institute/at a workshop or conference.

Re-sit: No.

Date for examination

Presentation on your master-project 22.05.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Lectures Spring 2017