BI2025 - Animal Ecophysiology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Field experiments 20/100
Home examination 50/100 4 hours
Mini quizzes 10/100
Lab reports 20/100
School exam 50/100 4 hours D

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

  • Mini quizes
  • Field course
  • Lab course

Further on evaluation

The course consists of four evaluation parts: a written exam (50%), field experiments (20%), lab reports (20%) and mini quizzes (10%). All 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 field experiments, lab report and/or mini quizzes you will have to follow the course during the next teaching semester and take part in the field work again, submit new lab reports or conduct the mini quizzes again.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

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 AUTUMN 2015
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2021-06-13

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Zoophysiology
  • Biology
  • Zoology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Field experiments 20/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Lab reports 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Mini quizzes 10/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 50/100 D 2022-05-10 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Field experiments 20/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Lab reports 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Mini quizzes 10/100
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.

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