spring 2020

BIO-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas - 10 ECTS

Last changed: 07.07.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

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

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in "Marine Ecology and Resource Biology". The course is available as a singular course.

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.

Course content

The subject deals with production at lower trophic levels in pelagic and benthic organisms in boreal/polar areas. This course encompasses methods and regulatory mechanisms for primary production in phytoplankton and ice algae, and secondary production at lower trophic levels, especially zooplankton and benthos, as well as trophic interactions. The course consists of lectures, article seminars on current research themes, computation exercises and a one-week cruise. We strive for a problem-based approach, where the students design and report a small research project, which is carried out on the cruise.

Objectives of the course

Students that have completed Bio-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas will be able to:


  • discriminate between biomass and production.
  • explain the most important mechanisms that regulate production in the ocean.
  • explain processes that link pelagic and benthic production
  • evaluate how climate changes may affect marine production in high latitudes


  • apply some of the major methods for measuring primary and secondary production.
  • Design simple experiments to carry out on a research cruise

Abilities (generell kompetanse)

  • Work independently and in collaboration with scientific topics
  • Prepare a scientific topic for oral presentation
  • present scientific results in written essays and reports

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course has multiple teaching approaches


Portifolio assessment: Two written and one oral presentation.

The exam will be assessed with a graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. The final grade for the course is based upon a complete evaluation of the various components in the  portifolio assessment.

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

Date for examination

Oral exam 20.05.2020
Essay hand out date 12.03.2020 hand in date 20.03.2020

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


Course overlap

BIO-316 Marin populasjonsdynamikk og produktivitet 10 stp


Fredrika Norrbin

Associate professor. Zooplankton ecology.
Phone: +4777644747
Mobile: 91814340 fredrika.norrbin@uit.no


Camilla Andreassen

Student advisor
Phone: +4777623206 camilla.andreassen@uit.no