Course code VET301

VET301 Animal Biology

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Course responsible: David James Griffiths
ECTS credits: 6
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Fall semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Fall semester
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Block 1: Animal Biology (4 weeks, 6 ECTS Credits)
Learning outcome:

Animal Biology is an introduction to the courses to come. It will give students a common vocabulary, as well as providing all students with basic knowledge in zoology, biology and anatomy and physiology.

After completion of the courses, the students should:

  • Have learned to collaborate through colloquiums and group work, and be able to present the academic material both in writing and oral
  • Have learned simple terminology, basic Latin and basic features in taxonomy
  • Know the structure and function of unicellular, primitive multicellular molluscs, superior multicellular molluscs, vertebrates with emphasis on mammals
  • Have completed basic dissections of fish, birds and mammals
Learning activities:
The programme requires that students themselves participate actively in class, are responsible for their own learning and have joint responsibility for conducting examinations. There is an emphasis on group work as teaching/work methods, and examination involves that students assess each other's efforts and knowledge. There are also 2 days of micro tissues and dissection of fish, birds, mammals. It will be given training in safety and microscopy.
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the course site on Canvas 
Recommended prerequisites:

Biology 1 and 2 (formerly 2BI/3BI) are recommended, but not required.

Biology / Zoology, but no formal knowledge required


Presentation of group work

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

If the group work is not passed or the student does not implement the programme, the student will be given a new task that must be completed before the course is approved. Not completed or submitted task in accordance with the deadline without valid reason, involves a failed grade.  

Entrance requirements:
Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program


Biochemistry laboratory: There will be given theoretical and practical training in infection and infection control and procedures at the laboratory before the first lesson. Please see the instructions for the laboratory. It is mandatory with white coats. Individual lab coats are available for students and those are not used by students who have lessons in infection courses. There is a clean and unclean zone by the entrance to the laboratory. Hand wash and coat change is required at entry and exit. The gas is turned off. 

Dissection Hall: Dissection coat is required (on loan). There will be training in the use and cleaning of the dissecting instruments and routines in case someone should cut themselves. 

Examination details: Assignment with presentation: Bestått / Ikke bestått