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Courses in Biology

The courses listed below are courses that you fulfil the requirements for if you have passed courses corresponding to the basic courses in the bachelors programme in Biology/Molecular Biology at the university of Gothenburg (the first one and a half year of studies).

You find more detailed information about the requirements under each course. All courses are taught in English. Some of the courses (BIO200-399) are undergraduate courses (first level) and some (BIO400-599) are master courses (second level). The academic year is divided into terms and quarters. Below you can see when each course is given.

All courses are full-time courses and that means that you can only take part in one course at a time. The length of a course is determind by the number of Swedish Credit Points (scp) according to the European Credit Transfer System, ECTS. One term of full-time studies is worth 30 Swedish Credit Points.

If you are an Exchange student (Erasmus/Nordplus) please contact the Department directly.

If you want to apply for these courses as a independent student you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. The application service is open between March 15 and April 15 for the Autumn term and between September 15 and October 15 for the Spring term. 

Spring 19 Quarter 3: 21/1-26/3

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Spring 19 Quarter 4: 27/3-9/6

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Autumn 19 Quarter 1: 2.9-4.11

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Autumn 19 Quarter 2: 5.11-19.1

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Spring 20 Quarter 3: 20/1-25/3

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Spring 20 Quarter 4: 26/3-7/6

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Course information

Title: (code, name) BIO403 Advanced Bioinformatics, 15 hec

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Magnus.AlmRosenblad@cmb.gu.se
Literature: Brooker, R. J. (2012). "Genetic: Analysis and Principles". 4rd Edition. McGraw-Hill
( Samuelsson, T. (2012) "Genomics and Bioinformatics." 1st Ed. Cambridge Univ Press)

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: University studies of a minimum of 75 hec in Biology and Molecular Biology/Cellbiology with at least one in depth course of 15 credits in a relevant area and at least 30 hec in Chemistry. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.

Content
Large-scale analysis of biological data, such as DNA and protein sequences, has recently become a natural part of many different kinds of biological research. This course aims to give students a better understanding of the methods and algorithms in bioinformatics used in different types of analyzes, and how data and results can be presented. The course also provides students with the necessary practical skills necessary to perform large-scale analyzes, such as assembly and annotation of genomes, analysis of gene expression data and constructing phylogenetic trees. The course also introduces students to basic programming in Linux / Unix.

Title (Code, name) BIO406 Advanced Functional Genomics, 15 hec
 

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Anders.Blomberg@cmb.gu.se
Literature: Eberhard Voit (2013) "A first course in systems biology" Garland Science

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: Alt. I: Approved Molecular Biology I and II, Basic Course, 60 cr and Chemistry 30 cr.
Alt. II: Approved Biology, Basic Course, 60 cr and Chemistry, 30 cr.
In addition, for both options, you need at least one approved advanced level course in molecular biology / biology, 15 cr, in a relevant subject. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.

Content

This course provides an introduction to the theoretical foundations of systems biology and knowledge of relevant advanced experimental methods. In this course you will learn to create mathematical models of cellular modules such as signaling pathways and metabolic systems. Simulations are an integral part of the course to test and verify the models' predictions. The course also provides a thorough knowledge of how to experimentally perform genome-wide studies on transcripts (transcriptomics), protein (proteomics) and metabolites (metabolomics). The course also describes how one introduces genetic changes in various model systems, which is central to be able to test given hypotheses experimentally. The course includes elements that increase understanding and reflection on ethical issues. In addition seminars / field trips are included to provide a greater insight into existing and future labor market. Emphasis is placed on individual seminars, tasks and literature studies.

 

Title: (code, name) BIO404, Advanced phylogenetics

second level

Swedish Credit Points: 10
term/Quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Christin.Bacon@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: 1BG393 Fundamental and molecular systematics (Uppsala universitet) inom programmet NABiS - Masters in Biodiversity and Systematics, eller motsvarande. Engelska B eller motsvarande.

 

Content: Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a natural history museum? Or how organisms are related to one another? Or how DNA molecules can be used to tell species apart? Or why there are so many species in some places (such as tropical forests) but not in others? Are you interested in genes made of DNA sequences and how these differ within and between species? Do you want to know more about how the DNA of organisms change through time (evolution)?

Systematic biology (systematics) is the field of biology that engages with the questions raised above. This course focuses on a key component of systematics, namely the inference of phylogenies - the tree diagrams that show how species or genes are related to one another. Course contents include: model-based phylogenetic inference; multi-species coalescent; incongruence, hybridisation and paralogy; phylogenetic network analysis; advanced DNA alignment methods; basic genomic tools; confidence and support of phylogenetic hypotheses.

More Information
http://www.nabismaster.org

 

  Title: (code, name) BIO401, Alphataxonomical principles, 5 hec

second level

Swedish Credit Points: 5
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Roger.Eriksson@bioenv.gu.se
Literature: Judith Winston "Describing Species" (1999, ISBN 9780231068253)

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: University studies of a minimum of 60 hec in Biology. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.
 

Content
Alpha taxonomy is the discipline within biology concerned with delimiting, naming and describing organisms. It constitutes the basis for conducting systematic studies on our biodiversity at any level from cell to ecosystem. The course comprises a thorough discussion on species concepts, in biological terms as well as with a philosophical angle. Naming organisms follow international rules that are published in so called Nomenclatural Codes. The main principles for naming taxa within different organism groups will be presented. Examples of the importance of reference specimens and detailed labelling for taxonomical work are given. Descriptions of species often follow a number of rules that are dependent on the group being studied. Exercises in taxon description, even formalised ones using computers as a tool, are given. Keys used for species identification are an important link between the taxonomical expertise and users within science as well as the rest of society.

More Information
http://www.nabismaster.org

Title: (code, name) BIO408 An Introduction to Ecophysiology - Plants and Animals

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Erik.Sandblom@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English
Requirements: University studies with a minimum of 75 scp in Biology or Molecular biology with at least one course, 15 scp, in a relevant area, at advanced level.

Content: The course gives a broad introduction to the research topic ecophysiology that is the study of how pants and animals are affected by and have adapted to the surrounding environment. The aim is to give an overview and understanding for the chemical and physical parameters, such as temperature, salinity, oxygen levels and pH that may limit the physiological mechanisms. The course further aims at giving a general introduction to scientific methodology, with focus on ecophysiological questions to develop an understanding for the relation between scientific research on the one hand and governmental recommendation and guidelines on the other.


This course (BIO408), together with ES2613 Global change, is given in the beginning of the Master profile in ecophysiology. It can also be taken as a free elective course in biology or environmental sciences.


 Title: (code, name) BIO560 Animal Ecophysiology from a Climate Perspective

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Catharina.Olsson@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English
Requirements:

Alt. 1: Biology 60 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (15 ECTS cr.), Evolution and Diversity of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.), Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and Evolution and Ecology (15 ECTS cr.).

Alt. 2: Biology 60 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (30 ECTS cr.), Gene regulation (15 ECTS cr.) and Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.).

For both alternatives, an additional in depth course in biology of at least 15 hec, in a relevant area, at advanced level, in addition to English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 no part under 5.0 or TOEFL 550 p, TWE score 4 is also required.

Content: While some species manage to live in a continuously changing environment and in different climates, others have a much narrower niche. On this course we focus on the physiological and morphological characteristics behind these variations. It is a second cycle course that requires basic previous knowledge in physiology, instead we will go more into details about adaptations to various habitats and how the physiology is affected by environmental factors like temperature, oxygen availability, pH and salinity. What physiological adaptations do we e.g. see in camels in the desert, fish in the Antarctic or mussels in the tidal zone? And how may these adaptations limit the expansion of species to other habitats? We will also discuss how ongoing and future climate changes may affect the distribution and survival of species.

The pedagogy of the course is based on active participation by the students, with traditional lectures playing a minor part, in favour of group discussions, seminars and practical laborations. Examination is continuous throughout the course.

Title: (code, name) BIO333, Applied project in Biology (Internship)

first level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1 and 2, Spring/3 and 4 and Summer
Course co-ordinator: Mats.Andersson@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: University studies of a minimum of 75 hec in Biology and Molecular Biology/Cellbiology with at least one in depth course of 15 credits in a relevant area.

Content: In the applied project you perform under supervision a scientifically structured investigation or an application of previously gained knowledge in the biological field.

If you are interested in doing an internship in one of the research groups in biology at the University of Gothenburg you need to take the following steps.


1.Communicate directly with a researcher and decide what project you should do. You find more information about this on: Research in biology and Research in marine biology.


2.Inform the course leader for the Applied project about your project and get an approval from her or him so that you can be registered on the course.
 

Title: (code, name) BIO337, Applied project in Molecular Biology (Internship)

first level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1 and 2, Spring/3 and 4 and Summer
Course co-ordinator: Jeanette.Nilsson@cmb.gu.se
Literature:

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: University studies of a minimum of 75 hec in Biology and Molecular Biology/Cellbiology with at least one in depth course of 15 credits in a relevant area.

Content: In the applied project you perform under supervision a scientifically structured investigation or an application of previously gained knowledge in the biological field.

If you are interested in doing an internship in one of the research groups in molecular biology at the University of Gothenburg you need to take the following steps.

1.Communicate directly with a researcher and decide what project you should do. You find more information about this on: Research in molecular biology.


2.Inform the course leader for the Applied project about your project and get an approval from her or him so that you can be registered on the course.

Title: (code, name) BIO209, Behavioural Biology

first level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Staffan.Andersson@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 higher education credits (hec), BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 hec, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 hec, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15 hec, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics or corresponding basic course in biology. At least 60 of the 75 higher education credits must be passed.

Content: How do you do? How do animals do? And why? How does a twelve gram willow warbler find its way from Nyeri to Njutånger? Why does it taste so good with toxic substances? Why are swans so faithful while reed buntings are anything but? Why are socially isolated individuals more often sick? Or is it rather that sick individuals more often are lonely? Or that stressed individuals are both sick and lonely?
In this course you gain knowledge of, and curiosity for, animal behaviours, their mechanisms, and their original or current adaptive functions. Behavioural traits comprise the most complex gene-environment interactions in nature, and many of the most fascinating products of evolution by natural selection. Prominent examples include social and sexual communication and organization, predation and foraging, orientation, cooperation, as well as human nature and culture. The course integrates ethology, behavioural ecology and biological psychology, with emphasis on evolutionary explanations (phylogeny, selection and adaptation), but also central genetic and neurobiological mechanisms, and applications in e.g. animal care, conservation biology, and ecotoxicology.
Through a combination of lectures, group discussions and literature projects, the main theme is to illustrate how animal behaviours, disregarding complexity (from frowning to fraternization) or heritability (from dexterity to depression), can be explored with regard to all of ‘Tinbergens four questions’; Mechanism, Ontogeny, Phylogeny, and Adaptation

 

Title: (code, name) BIO210, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Anders.Blomberg@cmb.gu.se
Literature: Materials from the lecturers; Articles/chapters/handouts distributed during the course
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: 

alternative 1) Biology 60 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (30 ECTS cr.), Gene Regulation (15 ECTS cr.) and Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and in addition Chemistry 30 ECTS cr.

alternative 2) Biology 75 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (15 ECTS cr.), Evolution and Diversity of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.), Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and Evolution and Ecology (15 ECTS cr.), Cell Physiology (15 ECTS cr.) and in addition Chemistry 30 ECTS cr.

For both alternatives English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 no part under 5.0 or TOEFL 550 p, TWE score 4 is also required.
 

Content
The DNA sequences of genomes for hundreds of organisms are known today. Most of these organisms are bacteria but also uni- and multicellular eukaryotic organisms are represented among them humans. The function of many of the now identified genes is unknown which implies a new way of scientific reflection. The course illustrates this in a interdisciplinary perspective with emphasis on experimental methodology.


 

Title: (code, name) BIO213 Cell and Developmental Biology 15 scp

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Marc.Pilon@cmb.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements:

Biology 75 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (15 ECTS cr.), Evolution and Diversity of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.), Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and Evolution and Ecology (15 ECTS cr.), Cell Physiology (15 ECTS cr.).

For both alternatives English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 no part under 5.0 or TOEFL 550 p, TWE score 4 is also required.

Content
The course provides a conceptual framework to understand biological development ranging from the cellular level to the formation and integration of organs into a complete organism. Our emphasis is on the mechanisms of development, illustrated using model organisms such as the nematode, fruit fly, mouse and Arabidopsis, and explained in many instances down to the cellular and molecular levels. Practical laboratory work may include a study of plant cell differentiation and the action of plant hormones, a cell culture lab and examining C. elegans development mutants. Student presentations of selected primary research articles highlight recent methods and advances in the field.

 Title:(code, name) BIO484 Comparative Physiology of Marine Animals including Applications for Aquaculture

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Kristina.Sundell@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements:

Alt. 1: Biology 60 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (15 ECTS cr.), Evolution and Diversity of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.), Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and Evolution and Ecology (15 ECTS cr). .).

Alt. 2: Biology 60 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (30 ECTS cr.), Gene regulation (15 ECTS cr.) and Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.).

For both alternatives, an additional in depth course in biology of at least 15 hec, in a relevant area, at advanced level, in addition to English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 no part under 5.0 or TOEFL 550 p, TWE score 4 is also required.

Content: How can a salmon migrate between freshwater and sea water? How can a periwinkle survive the sea ice? Is mussel culture good for more than ”Moules marinière”? In this course physiological functions and mechanisms are discussed. Focus will be on the ability of vertebrates and invertebrates to adapt to different external marine environments. Nervous and endocrine control systems will be studied both from a sensing and regulating point. The course aims to apply basic physiological knowledge to potential problems in marine aquaculture. The course applies Problem based learning, centred around a supervised student “learning group”, but do also contain lectures, seminars and several advanced practicals illustrating modern techniques and problem solving. The last third of the course is dedicated to a longer project work in which the student uses their acquired theoretical and practical knowledge. The students will do oral as well as written presentations of the outcome of their projects.

  Title(code, name) BIO418 Conservation and the genetics of populations, 15 scp

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Carl.Andre@marine.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English

Requirements
University studies with a minimum of 75 scp in Biology or Molecular biology with at least one course, 15 scp, in a relevant area, at advanced level.

English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 no part under 5.0 or TOEFL 550 p, TWE score 4 is also required.

Content

Loss of biological diversity is often caused by human activities that affect ecology of species, such as habitat change, exploitation and spread of alien species.

This course provides a background on how population genetic methods can be used in conservation of biological diversity on different levels, i.e. population, species and ecosystems. The usefulness of genetic tools and concepts in conservation, as well as ecology, evolution and other fields of biology, is continually expanding as new molecular technologies are developed at a high rate. This course deals with how these methods can be applied in research and management of natural resources.
 

 Title(code, name) BIO523 Drug Development 

Second level 

Swedish Credit Points: 7,5
term/Quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Per.Sunnerhagen@cmb.gu.se
Literature: Scientific review papers
Language of instruction: English

Requirements
Alternative 1)
Biology 60 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (30 ECTS cr.), Gene Regulation (15 ECTS cr.) and Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and in addition Chemistry 30 ECTS cr., alt. 2) Biology 75 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microbiology (15 ECTS cr.), Evolution and Diversity of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.), Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and Evolution and Ecology (15 ECTS cr.), a course in Cell Physiology (15 ECTS cr.), and in addition Chemistry 30 ECTS cr.

English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 no part under 5.0 or TOEFL 550 p, TWE score 4 is also required.

Content

This course aims at giving an orientation about concepts, working methods and strategies in modern drug development, with emphasis on the early part ( drug discovery ). The following topics are treated: Identification and validation of new cellular target molecules, bioinformatics, genetic model organisms, and methods for high-throughput screening. The course content consists of lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and written examination. Invited speakers will treat different applied and fundamental aspects, and opportunities will be offered to study practical working methods. The goal for the course is to be oriented about concepts, working methods and strategies in modern drug development.

Titel: (code,name) BIO214 Dynamics in Natural Populations- from Individuals to Ecosystems

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Peter.Tiselius@bioenv.gu.se
Literature: Begon, Townsend, Harper, 2006 Ecology: from individuals to ecosystems
Language of instruction: English
Requirements: Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 credits, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 credits, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15 credits, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics 15 credits.

Content
What makes some species vulnerable to extinction while others rapidly invade new regions? How sensitive are different ecosystems to disturbance? In this course you will learn about processes acting at individual, population and ecosystem levels. You will learn to build simple computer models to assess the extinction risk of a species under different scenarios. Population genetics and other molecular methods are pivotal tools in modern ecology - in this class you will gain basic skills within these fields. Important practical segments of the course are given at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö.

In addition to the courses listed in the entry requirements we recommend that you have taken Biostatistics and experimental design (BIO172/173) and Marine Biodiversity (BIO266).

 

Titel: (code,name) BIO430 Ecotoxicology: Ecology

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Asa.Arrhenius€bioenv.gu.se
Literature:Newman, M. & Unger, M. Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology.
Lewis Publisher
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Basic Course in Biology, 60 scp and Chemistry 30 scp

Content
This course treats ecotoxicological principles and methods of measurements with an aim on effects in ecological systems. It should give the student a scientific base for the more applied parts of ecotoxicology and a critical mind towards different ecotoxicological strategies. The course is experimental and gives a familiarity to modern ecotoxicological methods (including fieldsampling and work on models of ecosystems) in order to describe and evaluate uptake and effects of toxins.

Titel: (code,name) BIO435 Ecological Toxikology: Physiology

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Joachim.Sturve@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:Newman, M. & Unger, M. Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology.
Lewis Publisher
Language of instruction: English
Requirements: Basic Course in Biology, 60 scp

Content
This course is aimed at deepen the students knowledge in ecotoxicology at the molecular, cell, individual and population level. It treats toxicological and ecotoxicological principles, methods of measurement, effects and mechanisms of toxins with a focus on the cell- and individual level. It is an experimental course which gives an insight in different ecotoxicological tests for instance environmental surveillance tests.


Title: (code, name) BIO426, Evolutionary ecology

second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Mats.Olsson@bioenv.gu.se
Literature: Evolution, 3rd Ed.’ by Douglas J. Futuyma (2013, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA, USA)
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits (ECTS), BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15hp, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15hp, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15hp, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed.


In addition to this you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 hec, in a relevant subject.

Content
Evolution permeates all aspects of life and modern views of biology, from molecular interactions, genetic and non-genetic inheritance, development and its extensions, to inter-individual and population level processes, resulting in speciation and phylogenetic divergence. Using expert researchers, we pick the cherries from these disciplines and create an integrative course with a bottom-up approach (molecular-to-evolutionary process thinking), linked to a top-down perspective (explaining phylogenetics and biodiversity).


In the middle, sandwiched between these frameworks, is Evolutionary Ecology. Here we make theoretical use of molecular methods for tracing paternity and identifying poor (or superior) genetic combinations during selection in free-ranging animals, to understanding constraints to evolution (why it doesn’t happen when it should), how and why mate choice results in poor (or ‘perfect’) offspring, shorter or longer lifespan, why evolutionary rates can be extraordinarily rapid when you least expect, and why radiation of taxa sometimes happens while we watch in real time, and sometimes never at all (stasis).


These questions are rooted in evolutionary theory and statistical (quantitative) genetics, and developed into approaches for statistical control of phylogenetic dependence of important phenotypic traits. These methods are also critical for understanding paradigms and criteria for extinction avoidance in modern conservation biology. The course is held in English, which gives the broad range of advanced students with diverse interests from across Europe a chance to engage and forge friendships and networks for future interaction and collaboration in a ‘think-tank’ friendly environment.

Titel: (code,name) BIO451, Experimental Marine Ecology

Second level

Swedish credit points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Gunilla.Toth@marine.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English
Requirements:

1) Approved education of 180 higher education credits, corresponding to a Bachelor degree in Marine Science, Biology or Environmental Science.

2) Approved courses (MAR101-112 NTH001) within the first and second year of the Bachelor program in Marine science at the University of Gothenburg. At least 90 of the 120 credits must be passed.

3) Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits (ECTS), BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 credits, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 credits, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15 credits, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed.

4) Approved courses of at least 90 credits in the Bachelor programme in Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, including BIO915 Ecology and Evolution (15 credits).

In addition to this, for all three alternatives (2-4), you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in a relevant subject.

 

Content

The course integrates zoology and botany and deals with ecological and evolutionary theories, and experimental design / statistics, with special emphasis on marine organisms. The course aims to use the ecological and evolutionary theories as models and predictive tools to formulate hypotheses that are then tested in supervised group work. The course offers a good preparation for the independent degree project because it deals with all aspects of the research process (critical evaluation of previous literature, formulating testable hypotheses, design and execution of experiments, statistical analysis, and written and oral presentation of results). The course comprises two integrated elements. A theoretical part with lectures and seminars deepens knowledge about, and understanding of, ecological and evolutionary theories, and experimental design / statistics. The experimental part of the course aims to apply your acquired knowledge through exercises and individual work.

In the prerequisites there is a mention that you need to have passed a relevant advanced level course in biology. The course BIO266, Marine Biodiversity, 15 credits is recommended but not a requirement.

 

 

Titel: (code,name) BIO448, Experimental Systems Biology

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Stefan.Hohmann@cmb.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction:  English
Requirements: Passed basic courses in Biology 75 hec (BIO900 Cell Biology, BIO905 Molecular Genetics, BIO910 Biological form and function, BIO915 Ecology and Evolution and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics) and completion of Chemistry 30 hec.

In addition you need to have passed BIO406 Advanced Functional Genomics and participated in BIO403 Advanced bioinformatics . To provide the requirement in English by an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, the English proficiency should be equivalent to the level of English 6/English Course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Content
The aim of the course is to give you a solid knowledge of the working approach of systems biology and synthetic biology. This includes creating advanced theoretical dynamic models of cellular systems in order to perform simulations on the outcome of various forms of disorders, genetic or environmental. In particular, much time is devoted to creating and testing models that can provide information about the molecular changes or behavioral changes during time trials. Outcome of the dynamic simulations will then be matched against experiments performed in the laboratory. Great emphasis will be put on to include differences in the behavior of cells within a population. The course also contains elements where you learn to use knowledge of regulatory circuits in order to change their properties in a predictable way, or create entirely new regulatory system so that cells or organisms can perform specific tasks in medicine and biotechnology.

The course consists of lectures, group work, seminars, project work and practical exercises. In addition the course also includes seminars / study visits to provide greater insight regarding the existing and future labor market. Great emphasis is placed on your own seminars, tasks and literature studies. All parts of the course except lectures are compulsory.

Title: (code, name) BIO440, Eukaryotic Molecular Microbiology

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Markus.Tamas@cmb.gu.se
Literature:Corrine A Michaels. Genetic Techniques for biological research.Wiley. ISBN 0-471-89921-6
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements:
either: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp and one of the following advanced level courses: Cell Physiology 15 scp, Microbiology, 15 scp, Molecular Biology, 15 scp, Biochemistry 1, 15 scp
or: Basic course in molecular biology I and II 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content
This course provides a deeper knowledge in the molecular biology of yeasts and other fungi. Analysis of mechanisms of cellular regulation such as signal transduction processes, control of gene expression, stress responses and control of the cell cycle will be studied. Emphasis is placed on experimental strategies and applications. The theoretical part of the course consists of lectures, literature studies, seminars and group discussions.

Title: (code, name) BIO217, Evolutionary Biology

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Soren.Fauby@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements:

Biology 75 ECTS cr. including Cell Biology (15 ECTS cr.), Molecular genetics (15 ECTS cr.), Evolution and Diversity of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.), Structure and Function of Organisms (15 ECTS cr.) and Evolution and Ecology (15 ECTS cr.).

For both alternatives English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 no part under 5.0 or TOEFL 550 p, TWE score 4 is also required.

Content
The course includes basic knowledge of evolutionary patterns and processes, with examples from different levels of biological organization (molecules, organisms, populations, species and higher taxa) . Examples of evolution in many different life forms such as bacteria, archaea, "protists", fungi, plants and animals, and in different types of habitat (aquatic and terrestrial, natural and anthropogenic) are given. The development of the tree of life through different geological eras and the methods used to track this development is a key part of the course. Another important aspect is the understanding of evolutionary mechanisms that exist within species and populations over short intervals of time (generations), and the methods used to study such processes. The course also describes the consequences of biological evolution in modern human society, such as the development of bacterial resistance, adaptability of species under environmental change, and genetic effects of breeding in plants and animals. In the course we also discuss the importance of evolution for man in society


 

Title: (code,name) BIO442, Evolutionary Genomics, 15 hec

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Jonas.Warringer@cmb.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English

Requirements: University studies of a minimum of 75 hec in Biology and Molecular Biology/Cellbiology with at least one in depth course of 15 credits in a relevant area and at least 30 hec in Chemistry. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.

Content: In the course you will study how and why genomes change as a function of time and shifts in the environment, such the use of antibiotics, climate change or breeding for desired characteristics. The course will give you a thorough molecular understanding of the forces acting on genome content and organization and allow you to make evolutionary and functional interpretations and predictions of genetic variations between individuals. Tools learned include the analysis of linkage and genome-wide associations and the use of experimental and directed evolution to mold life into desired forms. Key subjects are molecular evolution, evolutionary and comparative genomics, population genomics and genetic epidemiology.

 

Title: (code, name) BIO402, Fungal identification

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 5
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Ellen.Larsson@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English

Requirements:
University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor s degree in Science in Biology or a Medical Degree. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.

Content:
The fungi are a large and diverse group of organisms that are important for natural ecosystems. During this course you will learn to recognize the most common fungi occurring in the Nordic countries and learn about their biology and environmental requirements. Special focus is put on how to securely identify deadly poisonous species, and on various fungal toxins and the symptoms they cause. You are also trained in the use of microscopic characters to ensure identification in critical cases. Species identification that is based only on external morphology of fruiting bodies has its limitations. This insight is viewed in the perspective of information coming from eg molecular techniques. Practical training in species identification is provided during a week at a field station.

More Information
http://www.nabismaster.org

 


 

Title: (code, name) BIO330 Genetically Engineered Foods

First level

Swedish Credit points: 7,5
term/quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Mats.Andersson@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp or Basic course in molecular biology and cell biology, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content: GMO is a frequently discussed topic among biologists and in society. But what does it actually imply? This course gives you deeper insight into present and future applications of modern biotechnology on food and food products, as well as current legislation. To connect directly to real projects and problems, speakers from the private and public sectors are invited to give some of the lectures. Tutorials and a project work will allow you to penetrate deeper into the field of plant biotechnology.


 Title: (code,name) BIO555, Genetics

Second level

Swedish Credit points: 15
term/quarter: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Marc.Pilon@cmb.gu.se
Literature:Griffiths, et al Modern to Genetic Analysis 1999
Freeman and Company 2002.ISBN 0-7167-4382-5
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp or Basic course in molecular biology and cell biology, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content:
This course illustrates how genetics is used to analyze a wide range of biological questions, such as human evolution, cancer, ageing, the dynamics of populations, mechanisms of embryonic development, identification of disease genes etc. The teaching is based on lectures, literature projects and laborations.

Title: (code, name) BIO232 Human Physiology

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter:Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Michael.Axelsson@bioenv.gu.se

Literature: Rodney Rhoades & Richard Pflanzer 4th ed. "Human Physiology"ISBN 0-534-46251-0.
Language of instruction:  English
Requirements: University studies of a minimum of 60 hec in Biology and Molecular Biology/Cellbiology. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.

Content: In this course you will get a deeper knowledge of human physiology. In lectures, laboratory work and group work, you learn about the structure and function of different organ systems, and their interaction; central, autonomic and peripheral nervous system, sensory organs, muscular system, heart and circulatory system, the body's hormonal control system, gastrointestinal tract, kidney, respiratory and exercise physiology. Animal experimental methodology is included in the course

 

Title: (code, name) BIO235, Immunology

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Ulf.Yrlid@microbio.gu.se

Literature: Abbas, A.K., Pober, J.S and Lichtman, A.H.. Cellular and Molecular Immunology. 5:th ed. Elsevier paperback. ISBN 0-7216-0008-5
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: either: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp and  Cell Physiology, 15 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp. or: Basic course in molecular biology I and II 60 scp and  Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the basic principles of Immunology. It is taught using a combination of lectures and group-based Problem-Based Learning. A laboratory component will give students competence in a range of techniques widely used in molecular and cellular immunological research. Students will gain an understanding of the main components of the immune system and the part they play in infectious, autoimmune and neoplastic disease processes. Assessment is by written exam, laboratory reports and self assessment.

Title: (code, name) BIO467, Immunology and Disease Pathogenesis


Second level
Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: karin.onnheim@microbio.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English
Requirements: either: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp , Cell Physiology, 15 scp, Basic Chemistry, 30 scp and Immunology 15 scp or: Basic course in molecular biology I and II 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp and Immunology 15 scp.


Content:
This is an advanced course in Immunology aimed at students intending to complete a Master’s Degree. Modern Immunology is a challenging subject requiring a detailed understanding of the biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology underlying regulated responses to pathogenic challenge. This course is designed to give the student an integrated view of the following important aspects of the immune system: the evolution of immune recognition systems; antigen handling and the induction and regulation of immune response mechanisms; immunological memory; the immunopathology of infectious, autoimmune, neoplastic and inflammatory disease; the principles of vaccine development; ontogeny of the fetal and neonatal immune systems; and related advanced methodology. The course will be taught by a combination of conventional lectures, Problem-Based Learning, themed discussions, and hypothesis-driven mini laboratory projects.
 

Title: (code,name) BIO468 International biodiversity resource management

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 5
term/Quarter: Full-time course: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Hakan.Pleijel@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English
Requirements: University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor s degree in Science in Biology or Environmental Science and at least one in depth course in systematics of 10 credits in any organism group. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.

Content: In this course you will gain insight into a number of international conventions relating to the conservation of biodiversity. We also discuss the EU directives dealing with sustainable development and how they are implemented in the Nordic countries. You will learn about Red-listing as classification system and its scientific background. We also discuss how biodiversity can be preserved in situ and ex situ, and the role gene banks and museum collections play. In an individual project we focus on species that are highlighted by an international convention or national law. For a species of your choice you describe the biological background, the specific conditions that led to its status as endangered, and the protection that the species is given by international laws and agreements.

More Information
http://www.nabismaster.org

 

Title: (code, name) MABI01 Introduction to Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources
Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Full-time course: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Kristina.Sundell@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: English
Requirements: You need to be admitted to N2MAB Nordic Master's Programme in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources 120 credits

Content
The sea and coastal waters, but also lakes and streams, are fantastic resources that must be managed and taken care of in a sustainable manner. The course "Introduction to sustainable production and utilization of marine bio-resources" deals with how to create a sustainable blue growth from both natural sciences and social science and design perspectives.

The course gives an introduction to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods for studying aquaculture and fisheries and the interaction between these in a local and global context. The entire value chain "from sea to table" is treated, with a clear focus on entrepreneurship.

Many aspects of fisheries and aquaculture, with a focus on food production, will be highlighted during the course for instance FAO's "guidelines for responsible fisheries" with a focus on "Building an Ecosystems approach to Aquaculture" and "Ecosystems approach to Fisheries" and the UN's sustainability goals. The course will deal with global production systems for aquaculture including the most important species, cultivation volumes and techniques, opportunities for sustainable intensification of production and the environmental impact of intensive aquaculture. The course also provides an introduction to fisheries management, the general trends of fishery resources, main species, countries concerned and the value chain for food production in the sea, both for aquaculture and fishery products.

The course is given in collaboration between four Nordic universities, where besides the University of Gothenburg also the North University Bodø in Norway and Hólar University and the University of Akureyri in Iceland are included. In addition, there is a collaboration with a leading US university with marine focus, the University of New England in Maine.

The course also includes study visits and teaching of invited lecturers and discussion leaders from a wide network of users and professionals in fisheries and aquaculture as well as food production within the blue industries in the neighboring areas of the four universities.

 

Title: (code, name) BIO267, Marine Biodiversity

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Full-time course: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Fredrik.Pleijel@marine.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: BIO100, Basic course in Biology, 60 scp

Content
Get to know marine organisms! You will learn how to identify sea-living animals and plants, both macroscopical and microscopical ones, and you will learn where they live (in the free water, on rocky bottoms, in soft bottoms, etc.). You will also get accustomed to literature for identifying marine organisms. The main part of the course is given at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure at Tjärnö near Strömstad.

Title:(code,name) BIO545, Molecular Biology

Second level
Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Autumn/1
Course co-ordinator: Julie.Grantham@cmb.gu.se
Literature: Lodish, H. et al.: Molecular cell biology
Language of instruction: English

Requirements: either: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp and Cell Physiology 15 scp
or: Basic course in molecular biology I and II 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content
The course aims to give a deep understanding of eukaryotic molecular biology. It covers the eukaryotic cell cycle, intracellular signaling, the cytoskeleton, molecular chaperones and protein folding, cancer cell biology and nucleopore transport. The aim is to put these processes in the context of human diseases.

The course format is lectures, seminars, laboratory classes. Each student also completes an individual project that is presented both at a minisymposium and as a scientific review article.

Title: (code, name) BIO277, Molecular Microbiology

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Full-time course: Autumn/2
Course co-ordinator: Anne.Farewell@cmb.gu.se
Literature: Recomended: Snyder. L & Champness, W. Molecular Genetics of Bacteria. 2nd ed, 2002. ASM Press. ISBN 1-55581-204-X.
Language of instruction: Swedish or English


Requirements: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry 30 scp or BIN690, Basic course in molecular biology I and II, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content
This course focuses on understanding the evolution, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology of microorganisms. Specific topics that are included are:
- Microbial cell organization, metabolism and growth,
- DNA replication, variation, evolution and gene expression,
- Regulation of gene expression; cellular differentiation in prokaryotes,
- Molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance,
- Molecular biology of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Title: (code, name) BIO510, Molecular Prokaryotic Microbiology

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Anne.Farewell@cmb.gu.se
Literature:Snyder, L. & Champness, W. Molecular Genetics of Bacteria. 2:nd ed, 2002. ASM Press ISBN 1-55581-204-X
Language of instruction: English
Requirements:
Either: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp and one of the following advanced level courses: Cell Physiology 15 scp, Microbiology, 15 scp, Molecular Biology, 15 scp, Biochemistry 1, 15 scp
or: Basic course in molecular biology I and II 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content
This course aims at giving a deeper knowledge in microbial genetics and physiology. A main subject in the course is a supervised project where the genetics of prokaryotes is studied. Analysis of the structure of the genome, gene expression, protein pattern and cellular physiology will be studied. The theoretical part of the course consists of lectures, literature studies, seminars and group discussions.

Title: (code, name) BIO501, Neurobiology

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Marcela.Pekna@medkem.gu.se
Literature: Purves et al.: Neuroscience, 6th edition, Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2018
Language of instruction: English


Requirements: For admission to the course you need approved courses of 120 credits in the field of natural science, of which at least 15 credits must be within the main subject molecular biology or equivalent. In addition, Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.”


Content: This course will explore the structure and function of the mammalian nervous system by examining the molecules, cells, and circuits that are involved in directing behavior. We will discuss how the nervous system is built during development, how it changes with experience throughout life, how it functions in normal behavior, and how malfunctioning communication between neurons and other cells leads to neurological diseases. The course will also cover basic and functional anatomy of the central nervous system.

Teaching will be performed through lectures, highly interactive seminars, group assignments and individual assignments through which the students learn and practice how to understand scientific literature in the field of neurobiology and how to present and discuss questions concerning neurobiology in a broader perspective.

Title: (code, name) BIO502, Ornithological identification methodology

First level

Swedish Credit Points: 5
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Urban.Olsson@zool.gu.se
Literature:
Requirements: University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor s degree in Science in Biology. English B level or English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or TOEFL 575 p, TWE score 4.5 is also required.
 

Content: External morphology of birds and their moulting patter are properties that are used to determine species, gender and age. This course provides the basic knowledge required to identify birds. You will learn to describe a bird in a standardized and consistent manner in terms of its external morphology and become familiar with methods of determining the age and sex of birds. You will be presented to a selection of bird species that regularly occur in Scandinavia and their sounds, and is expected after the course to recognize the species. You also learn how to handle live birds for capture, ringing and sampling during an intensive week at a field station.

More Information
http://www.nabismaster.org

 

Title: (code, name) BIO530, Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Adrian.Clarke@bioenv.gu.se
Literature: Slater A et al 2003 Plant Biotechnology: The genetic manipulation of plants Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-925-4680
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp or Basic course in molecular biology I and II, 60 scp and Basic Chemistry, 30 scp.

Content
During the last decade, molecular biology and biotechnology have revealed many new details about the basic cellular mechanisms that govern plant growth and development, as well as their responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Central to these advances has been the ability to genetically alter different plant species and the ongoing genomic sequencing programs. The course aims to provide theoretical and practical insights into modern plant cell and molecular biology, and plant biotechnology. Also included will be lectures, seminars and literature discussions by invited experts. The extensive experimental part will cover a broad spectrum of techniques relevant to advanced plant research and biotechnology, as well as include different genetic model organisms.

Title: (code, name) BIO506, Plant Ecophysiology in a Global Change Perspective

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Johan.Uddling@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: At least 120 credits (ECTS), of which at least 30 credits in Biology and an additional 30 credits at advanced level in Biology / Environmental Science / Chemistry / Geology / Physics, or equivalent.

Content
The course provides advanced knowledge of how plant physiology and processes in their ecosystems respond to various external factors, as well as how plants interact with their environment to take up, use and circulate resources like coal, water and nutrients. These responses and processes are taken into account particularly in relation to global environmental changes (temperature, carbon dioxide concentration, precipitation, nitrogen deposition, etc.). The course is interactive and includes, in addition to lectures, practical work in the field and in the lab, theoretical modeling exercises, individual presentations and seminars. All parts of the course are compulsory except from the lectures, since the compulsory parts develop the skills and attitudes that are part of the learning outcomes in a way that is not possible through self-study. The course consists of about 10 weeks of full-time study and is divided into two parts: Theory 9 hp and project 6 cr.

Title: (code, name) BIO350, Plant Physiology in a Dynamic Environment

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Cornelia.Spetea.Wiklund@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 hec, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 hec, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 hec, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15 hec, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 hec must be passed.

Content
The course covers the physiology of plants (land and marine) and their close relatives (cyanobacteria and algae) from the cellular level to the organism level. The focus is on how the environment affects basic physiological processes such as photosynthesis, nutrient uptake and metabolism, reproduction, aging, and programmed cell death. How plants respond to biotic (pathogen and herbivore attack) and abiotic stresses (nutrient limitation, salinity, cold, heat, excess light, high CO2) and related adjustments are included. Laboratory work examines how plants, algae and cyanobacteria respond to various stress factors. The course is highly interactive. In addition to lectures and laboratory work, you will be asked to present selected relevant research articles. Project work / studies in a relevant topic chosen by you and presented for fellow students are also included in the course.

Title: (code,name) BIO458, Primary Producers of the Sea

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/3
Course co-ordinator: Helle.Ploug@marine.gu.se
Literature: Graham, L.E. & Wilcox, L.W. Algae.
Prentice Hall, UpperSaddle River. ISBN 0-13-660333-5
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Basic course in Biology, 60 scp and Marine biodiversity

Content
The course focuses on up-to-date research aiming at deepen the knowledge about different aspects of benthic and planktonic primary producers. The course is updated on a yearly basis. We concentrate on the following topics; toxic cyanobacterial blooms, how algal blooms are initiated, population genetics of diatoms, the role of benthic microalgae in the "coastal filter" and effects of increased ultraviolet radiation on Arctic/Antarctic primary producers. The course includes lectures, seminars and independent work.

 Title: BIO566 Stream Ecology and Fish Conservation

Second level

Swedish Credit Points: 15
term/Quarter: Spring/4
Course co-ordinator: Johan.Hojesjo@bioenv.gu.se
Literature:-
Language of instruction: Swedish or English
Requirements: Passed basic courses in Biology 75 hec (BIO900 Cell Biology, BIO905 Molecular Genetics, BIO910 Biological form and function, BIO915 Ecology and Evolution and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics). In addition you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 hec, in a relevant subject. To provide the requirement in English by an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, the English proficiency should be equivalent to the level of English 6/English Course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Content: This course provides an understanding of the abiotic and biotic factors in a watercourse that create and alter a watercourse, and how these relate to and are affected by adjacent terrestrial ecosystems. The focus is on ecological processes; competition and predation, and food webs and trophic dynamics but also nutrient transport and flow calculations are key components.

Great emphasis is also placed on practical habitat care and fish conservation, you will receive training in various methods for estimating the production of fish (electrofishing) and restoration of habitats in running water using standardized methods. Identification exercises, where you will learn to identify various benthic organisms and their ecological roles are also focused on.

 

 

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