Syllabus for The Evolution and Diversity of Organisms

Organismernas evolution och mångfald


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG100
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-06-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2022
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4/Mathematics D, or 20 credits of Bioscience.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • summarise evolutionary processes and patterns and be able to explain the importance of evolution for biodiversity
  • apply basic evolutionary and phylogenetic perspectives
  • give an overview of the diversity and multiformity of the biological organism world
  • use basic terminology to describe biological organisms and phenomena
  • apply the basics in a scientific approach
  • identify different structures in microorganisms, algae, fungi, plants and animals
  • perform laboratory work and field work safely and according to instructions
  • summarise and generalise knowledge from various taught items, both theoretical and practical
  • develop proficiency in communicating biology, applying feedback and self-evaluation, and documenting their development of skills
  • use literature and results so that it is clear what is their own and others' results, ideas and wording.


The course covers the diversity and multiformity of the biological organism world as well as its evolution. Plants, animals, unicellular eukaryotes, algae, fungi, bacteria and archae are treated from an evolutionary and phylogenetic perspective. Diversity, evolutionary patterns and processes are discussed for both living and extinct organisms. The course includes exercises to make comparisons of biological organisms, both macroscopically and with the aid of a stereo microscope/microscope as well as observations of common marine organisms on the west coast of Sweden. The course provides a basis for a scientific approach and way of working, as well as writing scientific texts. Ethics in biology is also treated. Communication training takes place both orally and in writing, individually and in groups.


The teaching methods of the course are lectures, laboratory work, excursions, seminars and communication training with feedback and self-evaluation. Participation in laboratory work and field activities, communication training and seminars is compulsory.


For final pass grades, active participation in compulsory exercises (laboratory sessions, excursions, seminars and communication training) (3 credits), active participation in scientific working method including excursions (2 credits), and written examination 1(5 credits) and written examination 2 (5 credits)

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course cannot be included in the same degree as 1BG110.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Biology : a global approach Campbell, Neil A.; Urry, Lisa A.; Wasserman, Steven A.; Minorsky, Peter V.; Cain, Michael L.; Orr, Rebecca B.

    12th edition, global edition: Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson Education Limited, [2020]

    Find in the library