BOT100 Plant Diversity

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Siri Lie Olsen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:Lectures: 24 hours. Laboratory work: 22 hours. Field course: 40 hours. Individual study (in addition to the laboratory and field courses): 40 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in the Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the Spring parallel and the June block.

About this course

The subject give basick knowledge in species, and a wide understanding for the phyla in classic botany. In the spring the following taxonomic groups will be included in lectures and lab exercises: cyanobacteria, protists (algae, myxomycetes and oomycetes), fungi, lichens, bryophytes, seedless vascular plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Symbiosis, pollination, seed and fruit dispersal, defence and evolution of these traits are also discussed. The five day field course in June focuses on species knowledge, where the students visit several nature types. In total BOT100 gives the students a good foundation for species knowledge, an imortant aspect to secure good nature management in the future. The subject also provides an understanding of how species composition varies across ecological gradients and within nature types.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, students have a basic overview of the diversity of algae, fungi, bryophytes, lichens, seedless vascular plants and higher plants in Norwegian nature. They have knowledge of how the various groups in the plant kingdom are built up, how they multiply and how evolutionary forces have led to adaptations to different ecological conditions.


The course emphasizes practical learning via lab work and field courses. The students shall develop a good understanding of what kind of traits that characterize the different groups and plant families. Students will be able to determine higher plants to species using flora and determination tables, as well as to know common Norwegian bryophytes and lichens.

General competence:

The course gives necessary knowledge for further studies in ecology, nature management, plant science and biology.

  • Lectures, laboratory exercises, field course, self-study.
  • Canvas and Connect.
  • Written exam (multiple choice), 3 hours, is arranged in May and counts 2/3. The field course is in June and a floristic exam is arranged the last evening of the field course. The floristic exam counts 1/3 of the total grade. Both evaluated exams must be passed to pass the course.

  • An external examiner is used for approving the examination questions (multiple choice) and to decide the distribution of grades based on the number of correct answers both for the multiple choice and the floristic exam.
  • Laboratory course and field course. For the lab course 9 of 11 reports have to be approved. This is a prerequisite to be able to participate in the compulsory field course.
  • Lectures: 24 hours. Laboratory work: 22 hours. Field course: 40 hours.
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway ("generell studiekompetanse")