Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to selected statistical methods used in biology and medicine. Topics covered are statistical genetics, population genetics, mark-recapture methods, line transect methods for abundance estimation, population dynamics and pharmakokinetics. The methods covered are being used extensively in medicine and management of wildlife resources (for instance in fisheries). The obligatory exercises will be solved in the software package R.

Learning Outcomes

After completed course, the students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand statistical methods used in biology
  • Have a basic understanding of modern population genetics
  • Understand how unknown parameters (such as population size) are estimated
  • Have knowledge about the software package R

Semester of Instruction

Spring, irregular

Course will be offered if it is on this course list: Workbook: Emneliste for innreisende utvekslingsstudenter (

Required Previous Knowledge
The course is based on a least 10 ECTS Mathematics and 20 ECTS Statistics.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
STAT111 Statistical Methods or STAT200 Applied Statistics and MAT101 Elementary Calculus I or MAT111 Calculus I.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Oral examination
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.