Animal Physiology and Development
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
The course will provide a conceptual physiological framework for understanding the lives of animals at every level of organisation. It starts with essential chemical and physical laws that govern physiological processes in animals. These provide a foundation to understand the breadth of physiology. The course illustrates how the major physiological systems function and integrate to sustain the lives of animals. Contemporary physiological research is also considered in the course. Although the basic principles and mechanisms of major physiological systems form the central theme of this course, the importance of integrating knowledge across physiology disciplines with molecular biology, behaviour, ecology and other fields is also emphasised.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.
This course has an compulsory course component and students must participate in all laboratory sessions, submit all reports and obtain an overall passing grade of at least 50% in the laboratory assessment.
On successful completion of this course, students will be expected to have an understanding of:
1. Cellular mechanisms of solute and water transport used by animals living in different environments.
2. The basic processes and effects of animal cell signaling.
3. The different energy requirements of an animal at rest and during exercise, and how this is reflected in the functioning of the oxygen transporting systems.
4. How the cardiovascular and respiratory systems are integrated and controlled.
5. How animals use aerobic and anaerobic forms of metabolism for ATP production.
6. How animals move with muscles and navigate their movement by the neural control.
7. The basic control processes of the nervous and endocrine systems.
8. How animals have adapted to their environment with different ways of urine formation to excrete nitrogen wastes and water.
9. The importance of physiology.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Use the light microscope to identify animal tissues and cells.
2. Be able to relate the structure and function of animal tissues.
3. Master tools for information-gathering from the scientific literature.
4. Carry out physiological studies in the laboratory.
5. Interpret physiological data and phenomena critically.
6. Write a laboratory report.
1. Introduction and Molecules and Cells in Animal Physiology
2. Transport of Solutes and Water
3. Muscle Structure
4. Control of Movement
5. Muscle in Human Health and Diseases
6. Neural and Endocrine Control
7. Neurons and Synapses
8. Sensory Processes
9. Animal navigation
10. Nutrition and digestion
11. Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism
12. Aerobic activity and the Enertetics
13. Thermal regulations
14. O2 and CO2 Physiology
15. Physiology of Breathing
16. Transport of O2 and CO2 in Body Fluid and Acid-Base Balance
18. Energy and Motion in Diverse Environments
19. Water, Salt and Temperature Regulation in Diverse Environments
20. Ecology and Physiology
BIOL1001 and BIOL1002
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term