BI1006 - Animal Structure and Function


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 30/100
Written examination 70/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course is part of the first year module in biology. It covers the connection between structure and function at the organ- and organism level. Animal physiology will explain how the organs work together to ensure survival of the animal and to enable the animal to adapt to different environments. The course will provide current physiological knowledge of general physiological principles, organ physiology and regulatory mechanisms and key physiological mechanisms involved in animal adaptions to different environments. The animal groups covered will range from invertebrates to vertebrates and the habitats discussed will include aquatic, terrestrial and aerial. In addition to the lectures, the student will also participate in laboratory practicals that involve animal physiology experiments. These practicals will be related to the information in the lectures and will help the students to understand the important concepts.

Learning outcome

Learning goals

After finishing the course the students should have good insight into the relationship between structure and function at organ and organism level of a wide variety of animals. The student should also have knowledge about how animals adapt physiologically to different environments.
To understand how animals work and how this enables them to survive, the student should obtain knowledge about:

• How animals, from invertebrates to vertebrates, function in their natural habitat, including aquatic, terrestrial and aerial environments.
• How animals respond to and cope physiologically with environmental challenges.
• The structure and function of organ systems in various animals.
• Central methods in studying animal physiological problems.

With the knowledge received throughout the course, the student should acquire the following skills:

• To acquire knowledge from within the central subjects of animal physiology.
• Experience with the methodology and equipment of physiological experiments.
• Conduct a physiological experiment on animals to collect data.
• Experience in analysing and interpreting physiological information.

With the background provided by this course, the students should have general competence in:

• Presenting relevant information in response to specific tasks and questions in writing.
• Handle biological material and scientific equipment.
• Working independently and as part of a group.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and discussions: 42 hours
Laboratory course: 7.5 hours
Exam arrangement: Written exam (70%) and laboratory reports (30%)

Admission to this course is restricted

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved laboratory course

Further on evaluation

All assessment components included in the course must be passed. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake', the final written examination needs to be taken again. Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination only. The individual components will not be graded and assessment consists of an overall final grade. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.
Supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU applicable for re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses are:
1. Final examination in each semester -for courses with prefix BI, IT and KJ a final examination is held during the examination period every semester.
2. New assessment incase of “fail” - please refer to the course description for details on which components of the course need to be retaken in case of re-assessment.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Accomplished laboratory course in BI 1001

Course materials

- Campbell: Biology (11 ed)
- Lecture handouts
- Lab manual

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI1004 7.5 01.09.2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Zoophysiology
  • Biology
  • Zoology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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