BIOEB203-23A (TGA)

Animal Structure and Function

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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What this paper is about

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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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How this paper will be taught

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This paper will be taught through lectures delivered in class and through a series of 5 practical laboratory sessions. Assessments include 2 online tests, 2 short answer written tests, 5 laboratory reports ans a final written exam.
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Required Readings

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Depending on your background in animal physiology or your ability to use online resources in addition to the material delivered in lectures, you may not require a textbook. However, if you feel you need a textbook then the recommended one is Moyes & Schulte Principles of Animal Physiology 3rd edition.
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You will require an approved lab coat and safety glasses to work in the labs. You must also wear covered shoes when attending the lab sessions (i.e. no sandals or jandals).
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Measure and describe the evolution and diversity of animal form and function
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of homeostatic regulation of animal physiology in response to environmental challenges
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  • 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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  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to quantify an animal's physiological responses to its environment
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  • Conduct experimental design, data collection, analysis and presentation
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How you will be assessed

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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. Although most assessments can be submitted online, you must attend class for both written tests. Attendance at the final exam is compulsory - failure to attend will result in an IC (incomplete) grade being awarded for the course.
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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
10 Mar 2023
11:30 PM
4
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 2
5 Apr 2023
2:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Test 3
19 May 2023
1:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Test 4
9 Jun 2023
11:30 PM
6
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Lab Report 1
21 Mar 2023
4:00 PM
4
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Lab Report 2
4 Apr 2023
4:00 PM
4
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Lab Report 3
24 Apr 2023
5:00 PM
4
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Lab Report 4
16 May 2023
4:00 PM
4
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Fish Respirometry Lab report
30 May 2023
4:00 PM
4
10. 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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