Animal Physiology and Development

Course code BIOL2020Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn 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.
Content1. 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
17. Circulations
18. Energy and Motion in Diverse Environments
19. Water, Salt and Temperature Regulation in Diverse Environments
20. Ecology and Physiology
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL1001 and BIOL1002
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practical
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis assessment has a compulsory course component. A mark of at least 50% in the final formal examination is required to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives 1, 2 & 3. On achieving the minimum required mark in the final exam, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component.

Those who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them. In the event of a successful appeal the student will be given a supplementary assessment to determine whether the student has satisfied the compulsory course component.
Other: (please specify)Laboratory Exercises & Reports: This component tests the capacity of students to demonstrate skills associated with Course Objectives 4, 5 & 6.

Students must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% overall in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled these objectives.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component. Those who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentStudents must participate in all scheduled laboratory sessions and submit all lab reports, and must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the laboratory assessments to demonstrate that they have acquired the practical skills required to meet course objectives 4, 5 & 6.
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentStudents must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the final examination to demonstrate that they have acquired the theoretical knowledge and to meet course objectives 1, 2 & 3.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for BIOL2020