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Comparative Animal Physiology (ZOOL20006)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeZOOL20006
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This lecture and laboratory based subject aims to give students a solid foundation in basic physiological processes in animals, with a focus on the different ways in which animals adapt to their environments. Particular emphasis will be placed on marine and desert animals, and the integrative mechanisms involved in the regulation of important organ systems. Topics include endocrine feedback, neural integration, water and salt balance; cardiovascular systems, thermoregulation; metabolism and reproduction.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should have a solid understanding of basic physiological processes in animals; and an understanding of how animals adapt to diverse and challenging environments.

In the laboratory components students should develop first hand experience in designing and conducting physiological experiments and learn how to interpret data and write scientific reports.

Generic skills

The subject builds upon generic skills developed in first year level subjects, including the ability critically assess and assimilate new knowledge. Students should learn how to use these skills to solve practical problems in physiology. They should learn how to design physiological experiments and then collect scientific data as a team. This subject also enables students to gain experience in evaluating and interpreting data and writing scientific reports.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Either both

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms
Semester 1
12.5
BIOL10005 Genetics & The Evolution of Life
Semester 2
12.5

Or both

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
Semester 1
12.5
BIOL10003 Genes and Environment
Semester 2
12.5

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Students who have received credit for 654-203 Animal Physiology (prior to 2009) may not enrol in this subject for credit.

Recommended background knowledge

First year level chemistry or statistics subjects are strongly recommended.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

This subject involves the use of animals that form an essential part of the learning objectives for this subject. Exemption is not possible but there are alternatives for those who have strong philosophical objections. These can be discussed with the Subject Coordinator.

Assessment

Description

  • Written tasks, up to a total of approximately 4 pages due at dates distributed across the first 7 weeks of the semester (15%);
  • a scientific report of 1000 words due in week 10 of the semester (20%);
  • 2 quizzes, one in the first 5 weeks and the second in the last 3 weeks of semester (10%);
  • online resource assignment due in weeks 4-5, approximately 250 words (5%);
  • timed essay question in class approximately 500 words (between weeks 7 and 9) (10%);
  • a 2 hour written examination during the exam period (40%)

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorsKrista Paterson and Lauren Salo
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 x one hour lectures during the semester; 4 x three hour practical classes and 2 x three hour workshops during the semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 July 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Additional delivery details

An enrolment quota of 240 students applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, enrolment deadlines and selection preferences, refer to the the Faculty of Science website: https://science.unimelb.edu.au/students/plan-your-bsc-continuing/quota-subjects

This subject involves the use of animals that form an essential part of the learning objectives for this subject. Exemption is not possible but there are alternatives for those who have strong philosophical objections. These can be discussed with the subject co-ordinator.

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Hill, Wyse & Anderson, Animal Physiology, 4th Ed, Sinauer Associates Inc. 2016.

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Moyes and Schulte, Principles of Animal Physiology, 2nd Ed. Pearson Press 2007

    Kinsey, A Student Handbook for Writing Biology, 4th Ed. Sinauer Associates Inc. 2013

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

  • Breadth options
  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019