BI1006 - Animal Structure and Function


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 70/100 4 hours
Approved report 30/100

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

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

The course consists of two evaluation parts: a written exam (70%) and lab reports (30%). Both parts are given individual grades and if all are assessed as passed the grades will be calculated to one final grade.

In case of fail or if you want to improve your grade the written exam can be retaken in both semesters, even the one without teaching.

In case of fail or if you want to improve your grade for the lab report you will have to follow the course during the next teaching semester and submit new lab reports.

Specific conditions

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 AUTUMN 2017
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Zoophysiology
  • Biology
  • Zoology


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home exam (1) 70/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam 70/100





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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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