autumn 2015

BIO-8017 Biological Rhythms - 10 stp

Last changed: 16.12.2015

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: June 10th

Application deadline for external applicants: June 1st

Type of course

Theoretical and practical

Admission requirements

PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb. Registrations for the autumn semester starts June 1st.

External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Registrations for applications regarding the autumn semester starts February 1st.

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course contents

The course reviews circadian and seasonal rhythmicity, the behavioural and ecological importance of biological rhythms and their theoretical basis, as well as the underlieing anatomy, physiology, genetic and molecular biology.

Objective of the course

Knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of the general principles and central questions in Chronobiology
  • Explain the ecological and behavioural importance of biological rhythms
  • Demonstrate and explain the physiological, genetic and  molecular basis for biological rhythms
  • Demonstrate and explain examples of biological rhythms

General skills: •

  • Understanding the process of generating scientific knowledge
  • Communicating science both, orally and in writing
  • Review and extract relevant information from scientific literature
  • Critical analysis of published scientific literature within the discipline at MSc level
  • Presenting scientific content clearly and in logical order while using language appropriate for the audience and occasion
  • Proposing, discussing and evaluating hypothesis
  • Teaching

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Seminars (2 hrs per week) with presentations and discussions. A practical exercise ("dry lab¿) will be held on 2 occasions instead of the seminar.


Essay (20%), oral presentation (20%) and 3 h final written exam (60%) must be passed in order to receive a passing grade. Essay, presentation and the exam will be evaluated together (marking is blinded). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Coursework requirements: lab report and presentation of article in primary literature - must be approved in order to be able to take the ordinary or re-sit written examination.

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

Date for examination

Written 04.12.2015

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


Recommended reading/syllabus

Chronobiology (Dunlap, Loros, DeCoursey 2004), review articles and primary literature
Lectures Autumn 2015
Schedule: Same schedule as BIO-3014.


Wagner, Gabriela

Phone: +4777644855

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Tonje Engevik Eriksen

Phone: +4777623314