Advanced Plant Identification

Course content

Identification of vascular plants to species, with focus on the Danish flora.


MSc Programme in Biology

MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject

Learning outcome


  • Overview over botanical terminology and available tools for identification of Danish plants, 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 Danish 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.

Field course day-time excursions and evening exercises. In addition, own field project work.

See Absalon

The course expands the compulsory courses Diversity of Organisms and Field Course II (biology), but these courses are not a precondition.

The course is based on the use of identification tools in Danish. The students pay for their own food during the course. And there might be some payment for the transportation. Accomodation is free of charge.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
The portfolio consists of documentation of the identification work done in terms of notes and illustrations - photographs or similar - of the diagnostic characters observed and used in the ID process.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner.
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.


Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Excursions
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 106
  • Practical exercises
  • 30
  • Project work
  • 30
  • English
  • 206