Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGiuseppe Posterino

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1OF and either BIO1AD or AGR1ANS or AGR1SYS or AGR1AAS


Incompatible subjects ZOO2VMP, ZOO2APH, AGR2PDA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEckert: animal physiology - mechanisms and adaptationsPrescribedRandall, D., Burggren, W. and French, K.5TH EDN, FREEMAN 2002
ReadingsVertebrates. Comparative Anatomy, Function, EvolutionRecommendedKardong, KVMCGRAW HILL 5TH EDN 2009

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size240

Enrolment information Accommodation in laboratory classes Academic achievement in pre-requisite subjects

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGiuseppe Posterino

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Each student attends 8 laboratory classes"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Exam (3 hours)55
Practical work: Scientific reports (10%) Short answer question sheets (10%) Dissection (10%)30
online quizzes (x 5) (worth 3% each)15