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. You will gain an understanding of the physiology and anatomy of these systems through practical, lecture and tutorial work. You 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTravis Dutka

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesAGR1AAS OR BIO1APM


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsIn 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.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Vertebrates. Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorKardong, KV


Edition/Volume5TH EDN



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Animal Physiology From Genes to Orgamisms

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorSherwood, Klandorf, Yancey



PublisherBrooks/Cole Cengage Learning


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Distinguish the structure and function of different vertebrate organ systems.
02. Distinguish, describe and explain the physiological mechanisms underlying vertebrate organ system function.
03. Interpret physiological data in correctly formatted scientific reports.
04. Demonstrate analytical and dissection skills.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTravis Dutka

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 42
Eight 4.00 h 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"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
2 hour Exam (2000 words equivalent) A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questionsN/AN/AN/ANo45 SILO1, SILO2
Practical work (750 words equivalent) This includes 3 dissections, a scientific report - 500 words and short answer question sheets - 250 wordsN/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Group assessment (1000 words equivalent) Students will over the semester develop a 15 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 3; speaking skills assessed hereN/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Online quizzes (x5) (3% each) (500 word equivalent) Multiple choice quiz with an allotted time of 30 minutes per quizN/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2