Current active subject description (last updated 2023/24)
Current active subject description (last updated 2023/24)



The course cover the following main topics:

  • Fundamentals like animal form and function (vertebrates and invertebrates), transport of solutes and water
  • Internal transport like respiration and circulation, oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • Water, salts and excretion including osmoregulation
  • Food, energy and temperature including nutrition, feeding, digestion, metabolism and thermo regulation
  • Integrating systems like sensory processes, endocrine and neuroendocrine physiology
  • Movement and muscle including motor basis and structure
Admission to the course follows the admission requirements of the study program Bachelor in Biology and Joint Bachelor in Animal Science. .

On succesful completion of the course:

Knowledge The student:

  • Has knowledge of the basic structure and physiology of the different groups of animals at the different levels of organisation, from genes to organism, within an ecological perspective.
  • Has knowlege of the main physiological processes and mechanisms in animals, such as osmoregulation, metabolism, thermoregulation, circulation, respiration, reproduction and digestion.
  • Can update his/her knowledge in the field of Animal Physiology.

Skills The student:

  • Can scientifically report, using proper scientific terminology, results obtained from basic physiology experiments.
  • Can collect and use relevant published information for the interpretation of observations obtained from laboratory work.
  • Can reflect upon their observations obtained after performing basic physiology techniques.

General Competence The student:

  • Knows and understands the risks and ethics when working in an animal physiology laboratory.
  • Can communicate results and theories in writing.
  • Can exchange opinions with fellow students and work alone or as part of a group.
  • Is familiar with new thinking and innovation processes in the field of Animal Physiology.
No tuition fees except semester registration fee and course literature.
Compulsory: Bachelor in Biology and Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science

Weekly lectures with related group work, multiple choice tests, and laboratory exercises.

Two assessment tasks must be approved:

Assessment task 1 (AT1)

  • 2 multiple choice tests, each with requirements for 95% correct answers for approval (= to be able to submit)
  • Unlimited number of attempts to complete these two tests.

Assessment task 2 (AT2)

  • Approval requires participation in 2 of 3 laboratory exercises, included submission of related report with correct structure, as well as answering all questions and elements stated in the lab manual.
  • Minimum 1 of 3 laboratory excercises will be carried out as a digital simulation in Labster.
The study program and courses are annually evaluated by the students through the mid-term evaluation (course) and final evaluation (program). These evaluations are included in the university's quality assurance system.

Composite assessment consisting of two assessment tasks and an individual written school exam.

The two assessment tasks, previously described under learning activity and teaching method, must be approved in order to get an overall grade for the course.

Individual written school exam: Duration 5 hours, counts 100% of the total grade, letter grade A-F.