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BIO-3012 Studydesign and dataanalysis in Biology II - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

Mandatory course for all master students in biology. The course is also available as a singular course 

It is recommended to have the course BIO-2004 Study designs and data analysis in biology I or an equivalent introductory course of statistics for biologists. 

It is also recommended to have knowledge of programming in R. We strongly advise students with no or little experience with programming in R to follow introductory seminars combined with digital courses in R, offered in the first 2 weeks of January.

Course overlap

FSK-3006 Model theory and data processing methods 3 stp

Course contents

Sampling strategies of observational data from biological systems Principles of biological experiments Introduction to statistical modelling of biological data with emphasis on general and generalised linear models. The course aims to demonstrate how biological theory, study designs and analyses should be linked, and the course should make students able to plan and conduct empirical, biological research through all stages of the research processes from formulation of hypotheses to the presentation of the results. The course is based on modules going through the iterative sequence question-design-analyses-inference-reformulated/new question(s), and covering different types of research, such as species distributions, ecotoxicology, diversity patterns and molecular processes. The course is relevant for master and doctoral students within many fields of biology.

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - Master`s level singular course. Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Objective of the course


Students who have completed this course 


Students who have completed this course 

General competence

Students who have completed this course 

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures 30 hours and PC-lab. 30 hours.


Oral exam and project work. Grade: Pass/Fail.

Re-sit exam:

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Date for examination

Assignment hand in date 08.04.2022

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