ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

ZOO2AP

2016

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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

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 or BIO1MGC) and (BIO1AD or AGR1ANS or AGR1SYS or AGR1AAS or BIO1APM)

Co-requisitesN/A

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.

Readings

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

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.

Activities:
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 and long answer questions).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Describe and explain the physiological mechanisms underlying vertebrate organ system function.

Activities:
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 discussions. End of year exam (multiple choice, short and long answer questions).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Describe, interpret and explain physiological data in correctly formatted scientific reports.

Activities:
Students collect data during practical classes which they describe, interpret and explain in formal scientific reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Demonstrate analytical and dissection skills.

Activities:
Students practice analytical and dissection skills during laboratory classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (3 hours)55 01, 02
Practical work: Scientific reports (10%) Short answer question sheets (10%) Dissection (10%)30 01, 02, 03, 04
online quizzes (x 5) (worth 3% each)15 01, 02