NBIK15000U Advanced Plant Identification

Volume 2016/2017

MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Nature Management


Identification of vascular plants to species.

Learning Outcome


  • Overview over botanical terminology and available tools for plant identification, experience in critical use of identification literature


  • To correctly identify Danish plants to species by use of relevant determination keys and taxon descriptions
  • To have a good overview of systematics and species delimitation in vascular plants
  • To understand the correct use of vascular plants in bio-indication


  • To be able to safely arrive at the correct identify of Danish vascular plants
  • To enable the use of plant identification in conservation surveillance, nature management and dissemination of biodiversity.

See Absalon

The course expands the compulsory courses Diversity of Organisms and Field Course II (biology), but these courses are not a precondition.
Field excursions, exercises and own field project work.
The students pay for their own food during the course. And there might be some payment for the transportation. Accomodation is free of charge.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Excursions
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 106
  • Project work
  • 30
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
The portfolio consits of documentation of the identification work done.
Exam registration requirements

80% participation in excursions and exercises is mandatory.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner.

Written assignment (4 hours). The following aids allowed: "Flora".

If the exam requirement is not fulfilled, the student must take the course again the next year.

Criteria for exam assesment

The grade 12 will be given to the solution that fully demonstrates mastership of the abilities in the "learning outcome".