Animal Ecological Physiology (Advanced) (BIOL3945)

UNIT OF STUDY

The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL3045 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. Animal Ecological Physiology is a conceptually based unit of study that covers physiological interactions between organisms and their environments. The unit explores evolutionary processes that allow animals to persist in variable environments. These concepts are essential to understanding biodiversity and ecological function of animal populations, and how these are likely to change under future climate change. The unit will be suitable for those with an interest in zoology, as well as students with a particular interest in ecology and evolution. There is a strong focus on experimental biology and incorporating theory into practical classes, during which students design their own experiments. The unit provides essential skills for conducting and presenting research, and for critical evaluation of published research.

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Classes

Two lectures and three practicals per week.

Assessment

Practical reports / presentations (60%), one 1.5-hour exam (40%).

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Distinction average across either 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or 6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972).

Prohibitions

BIOL3912, BIOL3012, BIOL3011, BIOL3911, BIOL3045

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.

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