Syllabus for Diversity and Identification of Marine Invertebrates

Marina evertebrater - diversitet och bestämningsmetodik


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1BG394
  • 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: 2012-03-08
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 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 Fundamental and Molecular Systematics, 15 credits, or Evolutionary Patterns, 15 credits.
    English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The course intends to give the student tools for identification of marine invertebrates and inventories of marine environments.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify and name common marine invertebrates
  • account for the distinctive characters of the larger groups within the Metazoa and classify marine invertebrates to larger group
  • choose and use literature and other resources to identify marine invertebrates
  • choose appropriate collection techniques, carry out and present marine inventories as a report


The course includes studies of marine invertebrates and biotopes with a focus on systematic diversity. The emphasis lies on skills in identification work. Marine invertebrates; the phyla within the Metazoa, their building, characters used for identification, terminology. Literature and resources for identification of marine invertebrates;
faunistic publications, checklists, primary literature, databases and other resources on the Internet, reference collections and museums. Molecular methods; DNA bar-coding, application and limitations. Marine environments; different marine biotopes and their characteristic organisms, tools for sampling in different biotopes.


The teaching is given in the form of e-teaching, practical exercises, laboratory sessions, computer exercises, literature assignments and field studies. The practical parts and the field studies are carried out at a marine field station.


Parts of the course: Theory 2 credits; Practice 3 credits
The theory part is examined through written examination. The practical training has compulsory attendance with oral and written presentations and is examined through tests. 
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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019