BI2025 - Animal Ecophysiology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 10/100
Approved report 20/100
Assignment 20/100
Written examination 50/100 4 hours E

Course content

This course covers physiological mechanisms in animals, and how animals and their environments interact to shape their physiology. There will be a focus on metabolism, endocrinology, digestion, respiration, circulation, neurophysiology, osmoregulation, thermal physiology and climate change effects. The students will also learn about how animals are adapted to their habitat (ecophysiological adaptations).
A one-week mandatory field course is arranged at Sletvik field station during the first part of the course. There the students will conduct experiments in small groups, with the help of the teachers. The groups will formulate a testable hypothesis in animal ecophysiology, design experiments to test the hypothesis, collect animals in the field, build the experimental setup using physiological research tools, collect data, analyse data, produce results, discuss what the results mean and present the project orally at the end of the week.
There will be a number of mandatory laboratory experiments with laboratory reports. The course also uses mini-quizzes to encourage student learning throughout the course.

Learning outcome

After the course the students should be able to describe major physiological mechanisms in animals and explain physiological adaptations to different habitats.

The student should acquire the knowledge to be able to explain in their own words:
• Physiological functions and mechanisms of the major organ systems in vertebrates and invertebrates.
• How animals and their physiology are adapted to the environment.
The student will develop the following skills throughout the course in order to apply, interpret and communicate the knowledge they have gained:
• Design experiments in animal physiology.
• Be able to operate relevant equipment and conduct experiments in animal physiology.
• Process collected data into results using statistics.
• Present physiological mechanisms in a comparative perspective.
• Evaluate results from experiments, discuss them with previous knowledge, and reach conclusions.
• Orally present concepts in a clear and structured manner.
• Write reports in a scientific format.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and discussions: 50 hours.
Laboratory course: 20 hours, mandatory.
Field course at Sletvik field station: 6 days, mandatory.
Exam arrangement: Written exam (50%), Sletvik field experiments (20%), laboratory reports (20%) and mini-quizzes (10%).

Compulsory assignments:
Written exam, approved laboratory reports, mini-quizzes and completed Sletvik field week.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lab course
  • Mini quizes
  • Field 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. Assessment of components is given in % points. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.

Please refer to these supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU for information on re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses.
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

Limited admission to classes.

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

Course materials

- Course textbook: Hill, Wyse & Anderson: Animal physiology (4ed).
- Lecture handouts.
- Laboratory manuals.
- Selected research articles.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI2020 7.5 01.09.2015
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-06-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Zoophysiology
  • Biology
  • Zoology


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 10/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 10/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 50/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 50/100 E 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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