BI1009 - Fish health and welfare


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours H

Course content

Academic content The course is divided into two parts and runs over one semester. In the first part of the course will give basic introduction to fish welfare and stress physiology and how this affects fish health and ethics of production. The second part of the course will be a deeper introduction to fish health with special focus on the most important diseases and operational welfare parameters. 

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Basic knowledge of salmon stress physiology, operational welfare indicators and ethics in production. Know  the most important diseases and parasite infections in fish farming, how they spread and how stress and contagious hygiene measures can be used to prevent spread of disease. Know relevant legislsations, regulations and standards related to fish health and fish welfare. Skills: The candidate can apply his/her knowledge of salmon to understand and contribute to solving new biological and operational issues in aquaculture and animal welfare. The candidate has the knowledge to find and apply relevant regulations, regulations and standards in animal welfare. The candidate is familiar with relevant biological methods and other professional tools for recognizing suboptimal farming conditions and contributing to solving the challenges. The candidate can reflect on his/her own professional practice in the subject areas of the course and act as part of an interdisciplinary team with staff from the other important disciplines in aquaculture, preferably as responsible manager. General competence: The candidate can identify and initiate tasks and projects, and can plan and conduct experiments, normally as the leader of a professionally qualified team. The candidate has broad insight into the environmental consequences and challenges of fish welfare in aquaculture and can put these in a broader perspective of economics and sustainability. The candidate can communicate knowledge about salmon biology in farming and the influence of the marine environment to different target groups both in writing and orally in Norwegian and English, and can help to highlight aspects of the aquaculture profession's significance and consequences. The candidate can, through sharing his knowledge and experience in academic discussions within the subject area and contribute to a continued sustainable operational and environmental development in aquaculture. The candidate knows and can contribute to new thinking, innovation and the digitization of aquaculture based on the subject's subject areas.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities:

  • The teaching will largely be based on lectures, but there will also be simple laboratory exercises where short case studies will be done interpreting behavior in salmon, as well as practical exercises in the recognition of diseases and characteristics.
  • A compulsory excursion to the relevant company will be organized.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lab Work
  • Exercises
  • Excursion

Further on evaluation

In case of fail or improvement of grade a new final exam is held during the exam period both spring and fall semester. Mandatory activities that have previously been approved will be valid as long as the course does no undergo major changes.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Aquacultural Engineering (BIHAV)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Information given at start of course

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Aqua Culture
  • Marine Biology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 H 2022-05-20 09:00
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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