Subject description for 2019/2020

Fish Physiology (BIO5001)

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 tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply.

Learning outcomes


The candidate 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 candidate 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 candidate 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

Compulsory for Master of Science in Biology and Aquaculture. Students choose between BIO5001 (this course) and BI317 Evolutionary Genetics. One of the two courses compulsory.


Admission to the course requires the same qualificatons as admission to the Master of Science in Biosciences.


The course is reserved for students who are taking their master's or doctoral degree at Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, as well as master or PhD students from other institutions.

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.
  • Portfolio: Grade: pass/fail. The portfolio comprises the following:
    • 3 laboratory reports for own laboratory practice
    • 2 multiple-choice tests
    • Individual written assignment

All assessment methods must be passed before the course is approved.

Recommended prior knowledge

BI105F Zoo physiology

KJ100F Basic chemistry

BI124F Cellbiology and Biochemistry

or equivalent.

Course evaluation

Evaluation using mid-term and final surveys. Students are also encouraged to participate in the central quality surveys.

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 school examination, 4 hours, comprises 100/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Overlapping courses

BI205Fv1 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