IABB502: Individual study activity in Biology

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N100018102
Assessment: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn, Spring
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N100018101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 28-03-2018

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active


A supervisor contract and project statement must be submitted.
Submission of the contract is done electronically via spoc.sdu.dk/form/1305/submit. This must take place no later than one week after the semester has started, but it is recommended, that it is submitted as soon as possible after registration.

Be aware that it is not possible to fill in the form after deadline of submission, since the application system will shut down. The system will reopen in connection with the next course registration, then you can fill out the form for the next semester.

Entry requirements

The project can only be chosen by the students at the Department of Biology and who are studied.
It is only possible to register for the same ISA course identification code once during the course of your studies.
See the text in red above in the ' Comment ' field for more information and terms and conditions for the project.

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to have

  • knowledge of the basic principles of scientific argumentation and development of theories in biology, and to have the fundamental biological knowledge that is necessary to access the chosen topic.
  • The course may not be taken without prior agreement with a supervisor.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to enable the student to carry out a small research project and to give the student detailed insight to a specific biological topic of the student’s own choice. The student obtains experience in acquiring knowledge within a field, identifying and formulating a scientific problem, and attempting to solve the problem. This contributes broadly to the development of the student’s academic qualifications.

The course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in previous project-based courses, and it strengthens the scientific foundation for the further study in general, and for the bachelor project in particular.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

  • Provide competences to identify own learning needs and structure personal learning.
  • Provide skills in conducting experimental investigations, critically evaluate biological theories, and express, evaluate and solve biological problems.
  • Provide knowledge and understanding of scientific theories, experimental methods, and current research topics in biology, and how these are employed in biological discussions.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • Create an overview of scientific principles and methods in the field of the topic chosen
  • Analyse and evaluate own scientific results in the perspective of previous research within the area
  • Suggest directions for future research
  • Express oneself in scientific terms


The topic of the course depends on the choice of the student and may lie within any field of biology.


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Examination regulations

Exam element a)


Oral exam - ordinary:
Oral exams are held during the January and June exam periods

Oral exam - reexam:
Oral exams are held during the February/March and August exam periods


Oral examination




Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course 

ECTS value


Indicative number of lessons

5 supervision hours in total

Teaching Method

The student must develop the individual study activity together with a supervisor from the teaching staff at the Department of Biology. It is the student's own responsibility to find a supervisor and have the project contract approved by the Supervisor and Study Committee.
The students then work independently under supervision. 5 ECTS credits correspond to approx. 125 working hours. At least one hour of supervision may be expected per ECTS.


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Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

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