Plant Systematics, Morphology and Evolution

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course will give students an introduction to diversity in vascular plants with emphasis on systematics and evolution. It will explore evolutionary relationships and morphological characteristics of the most important seedplant groups including those familiar e.g. as elements of the local flora or of important bioomes worldwide, or as cultivated crops.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the students will:
  • Understand and describe plant diversity, evolution, classification and distribution.
  • Understand and describe plant morphology from an evolutionary and systematic perspective.
  • Recognize and name a selection of families and important plant groups.
  • Perform botanical fieldwork and collection of material.

Semester of Instruction

Spring-autumn. The course starts at the end of the spring semester, and ends in the autumn semester.

 This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section:

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
BIO101 Organismal Biology 1 and BIO102 Organismal Biology 2, or equivalent courses.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Compulsory subjects of bachelor's in biology
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and labwork. Lab will be held at Lønningen gård
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Laboratary exerercises (morphology), oral presentations and field trips
Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment. The following are included in the portfolio:

  1. Approved lab journals.
  2. Presentation of seedplant ggroups
  3. Litteraturequiz

Each part counts 1/3

Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Course Evaluation
Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.