Subject description for 2021/2022

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. Semester fees and cost of course literature and laptop apply.In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera. Students must purchase their own laboratory coat for use in courses with laboratory exercises. 

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 in biosciences, specialization Aquaculture. 

Elective for Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources.


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

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.

Exam description

Assessment methods and criteria:

  • Written exam, counts 100% of final grade.
  • Assessment task: Approved / not approved. Comprises the following:
    • 3 laboratory reports for own laboratory practice
    • 2 multiple-choice tests
    • Individual written assignment

Portfolio: Selected parts of the assessment task.

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

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail
  • Assessments Task , comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Approved - Not approved.
  • Portfolio assessment, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Passed - Failed.
  • Written school examination, 4 hours, comprises 100/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.

Overlapping courses

BI205Fv1 Fish Physiology - 10 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Autumn 2021
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture