BIO-2504 Fish Physiology - 10 stp
Applicants from Nordic countries must have:
Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav:
Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:
- Matematikk (R1+R2)
- Fysikk (1+2)
- Kjemi (1+2)
- Biologi (1+2)
- Informasjonsteknologi (1+2)
- Geofag (1+2)
- Teknologi og forskningslære (1+2)
Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants). It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).
International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website - nokut.no
After completing the course, the students should know:
- The structure, function and physiology of major organs in fish; the nervous system and sense organs, the respiratory and circulatory systems, the digestive system, the kidneys and the osmoregulatory system, the endocrine organs and the reproductive system.
- How environmental factors such as temperature, photoperiod and water quality affect the physiology of fish, with particular emphasis on coldwater species.
- Common causes of stress in fish kept in captivity, with special emphasis on cultured species (e.g. Atlantic salmon).
- How to read, discuss and present scientific data.
The students should be able to:
- Describe the structure and function of major organs in fish, and explain their physiology.
- Describe how environmental factors such as temperature, photoperiod and water quality affect the homeostasis of fish, with particular emphasis on physiological adaptations in coldwater species.
- Describe the General Adaptation Syndrome and how abiotic (environmental) and biotic (e.g. food, behavior) stressors may affect the homeostasis and physiology of fish.
- Write a scientific report based on laboratory work.
The course will give the students:
- A general background in fish physiology.
- An understanding of how important biotic and abiotic factors affect the physiology and welfare of cultured fish.
- Insights into how experimental studies on fish are performed.
- Skills in reading, discussing and presenting scientific data.
4 hours written exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.
Coursework requirements: Laboratory report. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.
There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.
Lectures Autumn 2015
First attendance: see schedule