Course syllabus

Sensory Biology

EXTN30, 15 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2015-04-15

General Information

Elective for: BME4, N5
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to provide knowledge for advanced studies, work and research especially within chemical-biological-biochemical areas.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

have practical laboratory skills in important experimental methods for the study of animal senses and orientation of the surrounding world.


The course deals with vision and other types of photoreception, olfaction, taste, hearing, equilibrium, mechanoreception, pressure reception, electroreception, magnetoreception and senses for temperature and heat radiation. All senses are studied comparatively across the animal kingdom. A range of methods in physiology, ethology and human psychophysics are taught and used during the course. The course is divided into sections covering different levels of organisation:

Towards the end of the course, each student will carry out a major practical project specialised in one area of sensory biology. The project results will be discussed at a full-day symposium organised at a field station.

Examination details

Grading scale: UV
Assessment: Written examination and passed laboratory works.

Code: 0114. Name: Theory.
Credits: 10. Grading scale: UV. Assessment: Written exam.
Code: 0214. Name: Laboratory Work and Mandatory Assignments.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory work.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 4
Selection: Credits awarded or credited within the study programme.
The course overlaps following course/s: TEK083

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Dan-E. Nilsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is to be studied together with BIOR20, which is given by the Department of Biology. Does not follow the study period structure.