Subject description for 2019/2020

Fish Physiology (BI205F)

Fish Physiology


Course description

The course covers respiration and circulation, digestion, metabolism and growth, osmotic regulation and excretion, locomotion, integration and control, reproduction and smoltification.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:


The student should:


  • develop in-depth knowledge of fish physiology
  • describe the structure of the central organs of the body, and explain how they function
  • understand key physiological terminology


The student should:

  • be able to explain how different fish groups are adapted to function optimally in their environment
  • be able to interpret and present simple physiological results, and write a report after completing a laboratory task
  • be able to use central physiological terminology

General competence

The student should:

  • be trained in giving oral and written presentations
  • be able to locate, assess and refer to relevant literature and present this to highlight a problem

Course type

Specialization in BSc in Biology.

Elective for MSc in Aquaculture.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

50 h lectures and seminars, laboratory practice 3 x 4 hours


Assessment methods and criteria:

Written exam, counts 100% of final grade (A-F).

Portfolio: Grade: pass/fail. The portfolio comprises the following:

  • 3 laboratory reports for own laboratory practice
  • 2 multiple-choice tests

All parts of the course most be completed for the student to successfully complete the


Recommended prior knowledge

BI105F Zoo physiology

KJ100F Basic chemistry

BI124F Cellbiology and Biochemistry

or equivalent.

Permitted examination aids

Pencil, pen, ruler, simple calculator and bilingual dictionaries.

Course evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by students by way of course evaluation studies (mid-term evaluation and final evaluation). These evaluations are included in the universitys quality assurance system.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Portfolio assessment, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Bestått - Ikke bestått.
  • Written Examination, 4 hours, comprises 100/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Overlapping courses

BI205F-005v1 Fish Physiology - written examination - 6 study points.
BI205F-006v1 Fish Physiology - portfolio assessment - 4 study points.
BI205F-005v1 Fish Physiology - written examination - 10 study points.
BIO5001v1 Fish Physiology - 10 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture