BIO-3030 Extreme animal physiology - 20 ECTS
The course is mandatory for MSc students in biology on the Arctic Animal Physiology specialization program.
This course is available as a singular course.
The course is taught over two terms starting in autumn, with final exam in the spring term.
Maximum number of students: 20 (the limitation is related to the mandatory research cruise).
Acceptance in the UiT MSc in biology programme, with specialisation in animal physiology gives automatic acceptance.
Other students: Acceptance based on application and the following priorities, provided mandatory requirement (i.e., min 10 ECTS of animal physiology is fulfilled):
- Acceptance in the UiT MSc in biology programme (other specialisations than animal physiology).
- Other UiT-students at MSc level and with relevant background in biology.
Qualified students must apply by the 1st of August 2022 through this webform: Application form BIO-3030.
Knowledge and understanding
- has thorough knowledge on the abiotic conditions that characterize different environments, with particular focus on extreme environments, including those found in the polar regions
- has specialized insight into the anatomical and physiological adaptations enabling animals to survive in extreme environments in their different aspects - pertaining to water and electrolyte balance, bioenergetics and nutrition, oxygen demands, and coordination through endocrine and neuronal mechanisms
- understands and can explain, from a comparative and integrative perspective, the scientific approaches used to study physiological adaptations of various animals , related to their oxygen supply, to thermal-, energy-, and water- balance, and to the homeostatic control mechanisms that regulate their ‘milieu intérieur’ in relation to these factors.
- Is aware of research ethics in relation to research animal welfare, and of the regulation of animal research under Norwegian law.
- discuss and explain how different fundamental physiological principles and adaptive mechanisms relate to the ability of different species to survive in a variety of extreme environments
- discuss and explain how the function of organs are modified and adapted in organisms that live under different environmental conditions
- discuss and explain how a range of scientific experimental approaches have led to current understanding of physiological adaptation to environmental challenges (innovation)
- discuss and explain how physiological mechanisms may limit or potentiate the process of evolutionary adaptation
- plan and conduct experiments in animal physiology, employing relevant research methods, with reference to animal welfare regulation where relevant
- collect data independently or during practical exercises, both under field conditions and in the laboratory
- analyse data from animal physiology experiments in an independent manner
- can apply gained knowledge and available information to plan and carry out own research in animal physiology (e.g., own MSc project)
- understands the process of generating scientific knowledge
- can analyze and critically evaluate data obtained through own data collection or as reported by other in relevant scientific literature
- can analyze and critically review and communicate current scientific knowledge, both orally and in writing
- knows basic field safety/security regulations and how to take necessary precautions/ emergency preparedness when operating in the field under challenging weather conditions
- can review and extract relevant information from scientific literature in the process of presenting and discussing own research findings or other topics
- can present written scientific content clearly and in logical order while using language appropriate for the audience and occasion
- has the ability to work / cooperate in a group addressing a specific problem and writing up results and conclusions in a report
- appreciates the challenges involved in operating under field conditions (e.g., co-existing in a confined space in a ship/cabin/tent under highly variable weather conditions, under outdoor Arctic climate conditions, etc.)
Hours distributed approximately equally between the two terms:
Lectures, seminars and journal club* - 45 x 2 hrs;
Lab - 5 x 2 hrs; oral presentations - ~6 hrs;
Field - 16 days with 8 x 10 hrs lab during field excursion to the Greenland Sea.
Remaining assignments, including preparing oral presentations, home assignments, own reading - ~300 hrs
*Journal club: allows students to dive into some of the topics = student-led and student-active learning.
Students are expected and required to have fulfilled safety courses HMS-0501, HMS-0502, HMS-0503 and HMS-0504. Additionally, a specific lecture on preparations for the research cruise to the Greenland Sea (spring term) is mandatory, as is practical safety training on board the research cruise vessel.
|Examination systems:||Duration:||Grade scale:|
|Off campus exam||1 Weeks||A–E, fail F|
|Off campus exam||2 Weeks||A–E, fail F|
|Coursework requirements – To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:|
|Oral presentations||Approved/ Not approved|
|Laboratory exercises, with individual reports (||Approved/ Not approved|
|Multiple choice test||Approved/ Not approved|
|Group reports from the cruise||Approved/ Not approved|
|Specific safety training for the cruise||Approved/ Not approved|
Poster work ca. 40% of final grade
Written review ca. 60% of final grade
Each assessment will be given a grade in points (1-6) according to defined criteria and transformed into a letter (A-F). The final grade will be based on the numerical weighted average of the report and the written exam and expressed as letter (A-F) "
- About the course
- Campus: Tromsø |
- ECTS: 20
- Course code: BIO-3030
- Responsible unit
- Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi