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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course provides an overview of physiological functions in humans and other mammals. The course provides an understanding of how the human body functions, and forms the foundation of our understanding of biomedical disciplines.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • can explain how the term homeostasis and provide examples from various organ systems on how homeostasis is maintained
  • can explain the way organ and organ systems work
  • can describe the construction of the human body to the extent it is needed to explain how it works
  • know the physiological terminology
  • can conduct experiments on organs as well as other laboratory experiments, and analyse and assess the results in the form of a lab journal
  • can use simulations of physiological processes

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling theHigher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies(in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

BIOS1120 – Fysiologi

It is recommended to have had FYS1001 – Introduction to Physics prior to this course, and BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I either prior to or in the same semester as this course. 

Overlapping courses


The course consists of

  • Lectures
  • Seminars (mandatory)
  • Lab sessions with lab journals (mandatory)

Mandatory lab journals and course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. 

The language of instruction is English, but some seminars and lab sessions may be held in Norwegian if only Norwegian speaking students are present.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if notice is not given to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Approved lab journals mandatory course work is valid for 3 years.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student insurance.

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


  • Oral midterm exam, counts 30% toward the final grade
  • Written digital multiple-choice exam (3 hours), counts 70% toward the final grade

Mandatory lab journals and course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.


Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.


Exam attempts 

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course: MBV3050 – Human physiology (continued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 29, 2020 6:13:42 PM

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