Credit points: 15
This subject will examine the physiology and anatomy of vertebrates. Systems covered may include the digestive, reproductive, nervous, renal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Students will gain an understanding of the physiology and anatomy of these systems through practical, lecture and tutorial work. Students will learn how the various physiological systems work in an integrated way to allow animals to function and respond to environmental factors such as oxygen supply, food and energy, temperature and water supply. The phylogeny of organisms will also be examined through examination of organ systems.
SchoolSchool of Life Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorGiuseppe Posterino
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Special conditions In laboratory classes, students will be required to dissect dead animals or to work with living animals under supervision. The course includes an introduction to animal ethics.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Vertebrates. Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution||Prescribed||Kardong, KV||MCGRAW HILL 5TH EDN 2009|
|Readings||Animal Physiology From Genes to Orgamisms 2e||Prescribed||Sherwood, Klandorf, Yancey 2013||Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. On completion of this subject, students should be able to: Distinguish and describe the structure and function of different vertebrate organ systems.
- Laboratory classes give students the opportunity to see and explore the organ systems they have been hearing about in lectures. Students get feedback on their understanding once prac question sheets and reports are marked. Students further develop understanding through tutorial discussions. End of year exam (multiple choice, short answer questions).
02. Distinguish, describe and explain the physiological mechanisms underlying vertebrate organ system function.
- Laboratory classes give students the opportunity to see and explore the organ systems they have been hearing about in lectures. Students describe their observations and interpret the data in prac question sheets and reports. Students further develop understanding through tutorial (lectorial) discussions. End of year exam (multiple choice, short answer questions).
03. Describe, interpret and explain physiological data in correctly formatted scientific reports.
- Students collect data during practical classes which they describe, interpret and explain in formal scientific reports. Assessment of this occurs in the quiz material as well as part of the quiz examines biological data sets.
04. Demonstrate analytical and dissection skills.
- Students practice analytical and dissection skills during laboratory classes. Dissection skills and associated anatomical identification will be assessed by a rubric examining criteria such as quality of drawing, labelling, correct anatomical identification, attempt at dissection etc. Physiological experiments will assess competency on dissection, experimental approach, analysis of data (through questions sheets).
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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment size240
Enrolment information Quota due to limited lab space. Merit based quota on academic performance.
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGiuseppe Posterino
Eight 4.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Each student attends 8 laboratory classes"
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Exam (2 hour)||A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions||50||01, 02|
|Practical work: Scientific report - 500 words Short answer question sheets -250 words Dissections||Dissection classes are assessed in class. Question sheets: short answer questions are simple tasks completed in the laboratory class.||25||01, 02, 03, 04|
|Online quizzes (x 5) (worth 3% each) (500 words total)||Multiple choice quiz with an allotted time of 30 minutes each.||15||01, 02|
|Group assessment (1000 words equivalent)||Students will over the semester develop a 20 minute video (using PowerPoint mix as the base standard) describing a physiological system in a make believe alien vertebrate like animal they have encountered on an alien world (it may be a water planet or a planet in which there is only nitrogen gas). Students will be assessed on this presentation (group assessment - group size 5; speaking skills assessed here||10||01, 02, 03, 04|
|Practice quizzes x 10 worth 0%. (equiv. 250 words)||Hurdle requirement - must pass all practice quizzes to gain marks for the formal assessment quizzes||01, 02, 03|