Bachelor of Science final examination

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Course overview


ECTS Credits 5   op
Language of instruction FI.

Finnish / English.


B.Sc. 3 rd year.

Learning outcomes

Student will understand basic methods, results and theories in ecology, physiology or genetics.


Examinations on books related to B.Sc. thesis subject. List of books are presented on WebOodi. All the books are recommended to be are done on the same exam in Examinarium.


Mode of delivery

Independent studying: book exam.

Learning activities and teaching methods

Students make workshops where they discuss content of the books. Book exam (4 h). Exam is held in Examinarium.


Target group

Compulsory to the biology students.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Recommended optional programme components


Recommended or required reading


  • Option 1: Randall etc.: Eckert s Animal Physiology, 5. ed., 2002 or newer, (chapter 4 onwards).
  • Option 2: Richard W. Hill, Gordon A. Wyse, and Margaret Anderson: Animal Physiology, 2. ed., Sinauer Press, 2008.
    Other books can be agreed on special reasons with Henrika Honkanen.


  • Klug, W. S., Cummings, M. R., Spencer, C.A ja Palladino M.A.: Concepts of Genetics (11. ed.). Pearson & Prentice Hall, 2015

  • responsible teacher doc. Helmi Kuittinen


  • Option 1: Ridge, I. 2002. Plants. Oxford University Press, 344 p. ISBN 0-19-925548-2
  • Option 2: Mauseth, J.D. 2009. An introduction to plant biology. 4th ed.
  • Other books can be agreed on special reasons with prof. Hely Häggman.


Exam book ensemble (5 cr.) is chosen from the following list:

  • Bennett, P.M. & Owens, I.P.F. 2002. Evolutionary ecology of birds. Life histories, mating systems and extinction. Oxford University Press. 206 p. (2 cr)
  • Hanski, I . 2007. The Scrinking world. (2 cr.)

  • Davies, N.B. Krebs, J.R. & West, S.A. 2012. An introduction to behavioural ecology.  Blackwell, 441 p. (4 cr).

  • Mayr, E. 1999. Biologia. Elämän tiede. Art House, 327 p. (2 cr)

  • Primack, R.B.  2012. A primer of conservation biology (4. ed). 309 p. (2 cr).
  • Smith, J.N.M., Keller, L.F., Marr, A.B. & Arcese, P. 2006. Conservation and biology of small populations. Oxford University Press. 205 p. (2 cr)

  • Other books can be agreed on special reasons with Kari Koivula


  • Larcher W. 2003. Physiological Plant Ecology 4th edition, 513 p.
  • Ridge I. (Ed.) 2002. Plants. Oxford University Press, 345 p.
  • Salonen V. 2006. Kasviekologia. 306 p., WSOY.
  • Willis K.J. and McElwain J.C. 2002. The evolution of plants. 378 p. Oxford University Press.
  • Scott Peter 2008. Physiology and Behaviour of Plants. Wiley, 305 p.
  • Timonen, S & Valkonen, J. 2013. Sienten biologia. Gaudeamus,  448 p.
  • Other books can be agreed on special reasons with prof. Jari Oksanen

The availability of the literature can be checked from this link.

Assessment Methods and criteria

Exam in Examinarium.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


1-5 / Fail.

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