Basic Animal Biology

Course content

In the course the lectures will cover the physiology of all of the major organ systems with focus on homeostasis, the cardiovascular systems, the nervous systems, endocrinology, immunology, growth and development and reproduction. The course will relate these physiological concepts and systems to animal life cycles, concentrating on the human and mouse. Responses and adaptations to environmental challenges will also be covered in the course.


BSc Programme in Biology-Biotechnology - compulsory
BSc Programme in Science and IT

Learning outcome

The course will combine a broad coverage of animal biology with detailed description of those biological systems and processes that are most relevant to human and animal biotechnology.

After completing the course the students will be able to:

- understand the basic mammalian life cycle.
- understand the concept of homeostasis.

- work accurately with biological data.
- observe and interpret features in live animals.

- explain adaptation to environmental variation.
- explain resistance to diseases.
- use biological knowledge to understand biotechnological achievements.

The course consists of lectures, theoretical- and practical exercises.

Vander's Human Physiology. The Mechanisms of Body Function. 12th edition. Eds. Eric P. Widmaier, Hershel Raff, Kevin T. Strang. Mc-Graw Hill Higher Education. ISBN 978-0-07-122215-0.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
All aids allowed

Apart from the standard programs and IT tools listed under The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at students will at this exam also have the possibility to use a USB stick (for notes etc.)

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More than one internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the students shall be able to:

- understand the basic mammalian life cycle
- understand the concept of homeostasis
- understand the physiology of all of the major organ systems in the body
- understand how animals are able to respond to environmental challenges

- work accurately with biological data
- observe and interpret features in live animals

- explain adaptation to environmental variation
- explain resistance to diseases
- use biological knowledge to understand biotechnological achievements

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Theory exercises
  • 44
  • Practical exercises
  • 8
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Preparation
  • 118
  • English
  • 206