BIO-2506 Introduction to fish biology - 10 ECTS
The course capacity for Bio-2506 is a maximum of 60 students each semester, but in the event of capacity problems priority will be given to students who have the course as an obligatory subject in their degree program.
Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav:
Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:
- Matematikk (R1+R2)
- Fysikk (1+2)
- Kjemi (1+2)
- Biologi (1+2)
- Informasjonsteknologi (1+2)
- Geofag (1+2)
- Teknologi og forskningslære (1+2)
Søknadskode 9336 enkeltemner i realfag.
It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).
International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects). A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website - nokut.no
The course gives an introduction to the life-styles of fishes, with an emphasis on anatomy and physiological adaptations to different aquatic habitats.The following themes are covered: fish diversity and distributions, swimming, osmoregulation, respiration, feeding and digestion, reproduction and larval development, and life-histories.
The laboratory course gives students an introduction to practical work in the laboratory, data analysis and the writing of reports.
Students are also required to write aterm-paper (essay) on a selected topic.
Students that have completed Bio-2506 Introduction to Fish Biology:
- Can describe the structural, functional and physiological adaptations shown by fish in relation to their environment
- Have knowledge of the inter-relationships of the major groups of fishes in an evolutionary and developmental perspective
- Have knowledge of the anatomy and function of the organ systems of fish
- Be able to write scientific reports based upon the results of laboratory experiments and exercises
- Be able to read and understand scientific literature, and be able to précis, discuss and prepare written presentations based upon their reading
There are two work assignments (project/group-work) consisting of a laboratory course with report, and the writing of an essay (term paper). The assignments are evaluated as pass/fail. Participation in the written examination is conditional upon students having achieved pass grades for both the laboratory report and essay.
There is a final written examination (4 hours duration). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.
There will be no re-sit examination in Bio-2506. Candidates who fail the written exam in one semester can re-register for the course and take the ordinary written examination the following semester.