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Fish Immunology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO273
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish, Norwegian if only Norwegian students sign up
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Semester of Instruction

Autumn. This is a course with limited capacity.

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to develop knowledge among students about the fish's immune system, its interaction with fish pathogens and responses to stimulation and vaccines. Certain crustaceans will also be included. This knowledge is developed through lectures, group work, written assignment submissions and through laboratory courses.

Course provides an overview of the immune system in fish with emphasis on aquaculture species. The student will learn about the different organs, cells and molecules and how these work and collaborate, and how cells and functions are regulated and stimulated. The students are especially to develop knowledge about vaccines, immune stimulants, vaccination and immunostimulants for aquatic organisms with emphasis on the immune prophylaxis for aquaculture species.

Through group work, the student will develop skills of cooperation that could lead to better learning. Written inside deliveries will promote the ability to manufacture and synthesis of acquired knowledge, even from scientific publications. The aim of the laboratory course is to promote understanding, interest and curiosity of immunology through practical work with immune cells and the study of their functions

The course deals with the autogenous immune system, immune competence, humoral and cellular immunity. The course has a limited number of places. Students accepted to master's programmes at the Department of Biology will be given priority.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students should be able to

  • Describe the fish's immune system, and central features of the immune system in crustaceans that is relevant for immune stimulation of farmed species.
  • Describe the functions of immune organs
  • Describe the immune cells and their functions and receptors
  • Describe the innate immune system, key molecules and cells and their interactions and activation
  • Describing the specific immune system and the activation of it
  • Describe key immune molecules and their biological activities
  • Describe antigen-antibody reactions and understand immunological specificity
  • Describing the activity of immune systems by intra-and extracellular infections.
  • Describe mechanisms of intracellular killing of pathogens.
  • Describe the mechanisms of antigen presentation
  • Describe the different types of vaccines and vaccination methods that are used for fishing.
  • Describe immune stimulants and use of these
  • Could consider documentation of vaccines for fish
  • The laboratory course provides insight into the isolation and study of fish immune cells, selected cell markings, functional analysis and measurement of appropriate immune responses in fish."

The aim of the course is to give students knowledge of immunology to elucidate fish health, immune defence and immune prophylactics.

Required Previous Knowledge

BIO113, MOL100

Forms of Assessment

Oral and evaluation of assignments.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

MOL212: 5sp

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.11.2017