Syllabus for Fungal Diversity and Evolution

Svamparnas mångfald och evolution


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1BG376
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1F

    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: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-10-17
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    Completed courses of 150 credits including (1) 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry or 30 credits in earth science, or (2) 90 credits in biology. In both cases including either Fundamental and Molecular Systematics 10 credits or Evolutionary Processes 15 credits and participation in Evolutionary Patterns 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the biology of fungi and advanced knowledge of their systematics and evolution.

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

  • discuss the main taxonomic groups among fungi
  • relate the classification and morphology of fungi to their evolution and phylogeny
  • give an account of the life and reproduction strategies of fungi
  • explain biogeographical patterns and speciation of fungi


The course concerns the diversity of fungi, their crucial influence in most ecosystems, their cultural and economic importance and how their genetic factors and reproduction strategies make the evolutionary patterns of fungi different from those of other organism groups.

The course covers more specifically:

  • The phylogeny of fungi and the morphology, phylogeny and classification of ascomycetes and basidiomycetes
  • Evolution of life and reproductive strategies of fungi
  • Methods to study morphological properties of fungi
  • Speciation and biogeographical patterns of fungi


The teaching is conducted in the form of online teaching, practical exercises, laboratory sessions, computer exercises, literature assignments and field studies.


Course modules: Theory 6 credits; Practice 4 credits. The theory module is assessed in a written examination The practical module involves compulsory attendance with oral and written presentations.

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 university's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.