BIOEB203-19A (HAM)

Animal Structure and Function

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be emphasised in how animals adapt to their environment. Topics covered include homeostasis, the function of major organ systems, ecophysiology, musculoskeletal design and locomotion. An introduction to the physiological basis of animal behaviour will include chemical ecology, orientation and senses, biological rhythms and the genetics of behaviour.

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Paper Structure

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Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Measure and describe the evolution and diversity of animal form and function.
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  • 2. Demonstrate an understanding of homeostatic regulation of animal physiology in response to environmental challenges.
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  • 3. Explain the interrelationships between the different organs systems of the body and the role of neural and hormonal systems in regulating movement and behaviour and physiological responses to environment.
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  • 4. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to quantify an animal's physiological responses to its environment.
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  • 5. Conduct experimental design, data collection, analysis and presentation.
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
8 Mar 2019
11:30 PM
4
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 2
5 Apr 2019
1:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Test 3
17 May 2019
1:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Test 4
7 Jun 2019
11:30 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Lab Report 1
18 Mar 2019
4:30 PM
3
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
6. Lab Report 2
1 Apr 2019
4:30 PM
3
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
7. Lap Report 3
29 Apr 2019
4:30 PM
3
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
8. Lab Report 4
13 May 2019
4:30 PM
3
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
9. Lab Report 5
27 May 2019
4:30 PM
3
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
10. Lab Report 6
28 May 2019
5:00 PM
3
  • Hand-in: In Lab
11. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Moyes, C.D. & Schulte, P.M. (2016) Principles of Animal Physiology 3rd Edition. Pearson.
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Online Support

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Online support

This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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Contact Hours - 49 h (31 h lectures, 18 h labs)

Tests - 4 h (2 h online tests, 2 h in lecture tests)

Lab reports - 15 h (5 x 3 h)

Exam - 3 h

Independent study, lecture reviews and exam prep - 79 h

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites: BIOEB102 or BIOL102 or New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL234

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