Course code HFX201

HFX201 Physiology

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Course responsible: Sabine Anne-Lie Ferneborg
Teachers: Knut Hove
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2007H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course gives an overview of how mammals function at the cellular-, tissue-, organ- and organ system levels such as nerve structure and function, sensing the environment, hormones, bone tissue, muscles and movement, blood and immune system, heart and blood vessels, ventilation and gas exchange, kidneys and urinary tract, acid-base regulation, function of the digestive system, skin, regulation of body temperature, reproduction and lactation. In addition, an overview on how fish has adapted to live a life in water will be given, with a focus on the function of the respiratory- and sensory organs compared with mammals. The lectures focus on complex processes and physiological systems, whereas the students are supposed to learn the less complicated material through self studies. Students will actively use their knowledge in discussions and group work.
Learning outcome:
After completion of the course, students will have basic knowledge about the functional anatomy of animals and man and exact knowledge of their physiology. Students will learn that this know-how represents the basis for keeping and caring for production and sports animals, as well as for further studies in animal science and in the medical sciences.
Learning activities:
The course includes several teaching and learning methods and approaches. These include lectures, groupwork, tutorials and individual work. Written assignments will be given covering central topics, either individually or in pairs.
Teaching support:
Main textbook: Sjaastad, Ø.V., Sand, O. and Hove, K. (2016) Physiology of Domestic Animals. 3d edition. Scandinavian Veterinary Press, Oslo (924pp). Fish: Distributed material will be given. 
Recommended prerequisites:

-KJM100, basic knowledge in biology (BIO100).

-KJB200 (Biochemistry)

Mandatory activity:
Written assignments.
Final oral group examination counts 100%
Nominal workload:
300 hrs.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 4 hours per week. Discussion groups/group work/exercises: 3 hours per week. An overview will be handed out at the start of the course.
The course covers a classical part of the basic disciplines in animal science, veterinary and human medicine lectured at the university level. The course is given only in Norwegian at NMBU, but it is possible to take comparable courses at universities in other countries.
An external examiner assesses the final oral examination of all students
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / F