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Course content

The course gives an thorough introduction to plant- and animal physiology. The content is approximately 1/3 plant physiology and plant anatomy, whereas animal physiology and functional anatomy constitutes about 2/3 of the course. The human body will be the main model when discussing the functions of the organ systems.

Learning outcome

After completing the course we expect your competence to include the following:

  • Be able to explain relationship between structure and function in physiological processes, how the relative constancy of the internal conditions of an organism is maintained, and illustrate how organisms interact with the external environment.
  • Be able to explain the microscopic and macroscopic structure of cell tissues and organ systems.
  • Be well aquainted with basic physiological terms used in transport, salt- , water- and energy balance, gas exchange, nutrition, digestion, absorption, signal transmission, receptors and signal transmission.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher 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).

Following courses must be taken in the same semester or earlier than MBV1020:

For students attending MBV1020 Autumn 2013 or later, applies that MBV1020 can't be included in a degree before HMS0503 and HMS0505 are passed.

Recommended previous knowledge

BIO1000 – Elementary Biology (discontinued), MBV1010 – Cell biology and genetics (discontinued) and KJM1000 – Introduction to chemistry (discontinued) / KJM1011 – Organic Chemistry 1 (discontinued).


The course comprises 34 hrs lecturing, 20 hrs seminars, least 10 hrs obligatory in animal physiology, 2 hrs in plenum in plant physiology and 22 hrs obligatory laboratory exercises. The written reports from the laboratory exercises and participation in the seminars have to be approved before the final exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Final written exam, 3 h, in december. Allowed examination aids: None. Letter grades (A-F). The questions in animal physiology count 2/3 and the questions in plant physiology count 1/3 of the final grade. In addission there will be a test in animal physiology in october.

This subject offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


Course evaluation

Feedback from our students is an essential to us in our efforts to ensure and further improve the high quality of our programmes and courses. As a student at the University of Oslo you will therefore be asked to participate in various types of evaluation of our courses, facilities and services. All study programmes and courses are subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students enrolled in a particular programme or course to participate in a more comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of their programme or course. The next evaluation of this course will be carried out during the autumn term of 2005.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

For the last time autumn 2017.

The course will be replaced by BIOS1120


Every autumn

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