Course code HET301

HET301 The Biology of Animal Stress and Its Implications for Animal Welfare

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Course responsible: Inger Lise Andersen
Teachers: Ruth Catriona Margaret Newberry
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
If there are less than 5 students, the lecturing routine will be altered.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
In the first part of the course, lectures are held on stress and stress axes, neural, physiological and behavioural responses to stress, including effects of pain and perinatal stress. After the first weeks, the colloquium work begins. The teacher is present, but the students themselves introduce the discussion. The colloquia are, to a large extent, based on the textbook and other relevant literature.
Learning outcome:
After completing the course, students should have competence on stress and the mastering of stress and what relevance chronic or temporary stress has on the welfare of animals. Students should be able to describe and explain the relationship between stress and animal welfare, the brain"s regulation of the stress response, the neural endocrine regulation of the stress responses, the behavioural responses to short-term and long-term stress, stress and mastering strategies, fear and stress, the effects of chronic stress, pain and stress, the behavioural and physiological changes that occur as a result of stress acting upon foetuses and young animals as well as the effects of genetic selection as they relate to the mastering of stress.
Learning activities:
Some lectures are given on the elementary part of the course, some in Norwegian and some in English. The rest of the teaching is given in colloquia with a teacher present. The problems, a short lecture and syllabus for each colloquium are given by the teacher. The colloquia are led by students.
Teaching support:
The students can contact supervisors when preparing colloquia.

Sapolsky, R.M.: Why Zebras don't get Ulcers, 3rd Edition, 2004, and articles for special topics.

A complete reading list is found in Canvas.

HFX130-D, HET201, HFX201.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
All students must meet at the first lecture, to be able to plan the learning activities. Participation in discussion groups is compulsory. Each student group is responsible for planning and leading at least one discussion.Course evaluations
Final oral examination.
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 6-10 hours. Discussion groups: 12-16 hours.
Teaching is given mainly in Norwegian, but with some English lectures.
The person responsible for the course will have discussions with the external examiner about the arrangements for the course. The examiner will, in cooperation with the teacher, assess the oral examination.
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / F