Undergraduate - Senior - BIOL3012 and BIOL3912

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Animal Physiology (Adv) BIOL3012 and 3912


Description: In this unit of study students explore how animal
physiology is influenced by environmental factors. There is a strong emphasis
on how modern research is expanding the field of physiology throughout a
diverse array of vertebrates and invertebrates and the unit is designed to complement
Ecophysiology. Particular emphasis will be placed on nutrition, animal
behaviour, energy metabolism, endocrinology and neurobiology, as well as more
exotic animal physiology such as electro-reception in sharks and infra-red
detection of prey in snakes.

Photo Credit: Dr. M. Thomson

Lectures: Mondays 11:00 am, Wednesdays 12:00 noon in D.T. Anderson LT1, Heydon-Laurence Building A08 (ground level)

Lecture Notes via USYD e-learning

Lab Classes: 2.00 – 6.00 p.m. Wednesdays/Thursdays Solander Laboratory, Room 205, A11 (attend only one practical class each week).

Unit Executive Officer: Dr M. Thomson, Room 314, Heydon-Laurence (Zoology) Building (A08), or telephone 9036 6412.

Assessment: Your final mark for Animal physiology will be based on the three components as follows:

Eggshell Assignment - 10%
Snail Assignment - 20%
Mid-term Quiz - 10%
Laboratory Work Assessment - 10%
Seminars - 10%
Exam - 40%

Text: The recommended text is Withers, P.C. (1992) Comparative Animal Physiology
(Saunders College Publishing).

In addition, you should peruse the primary (journal) literature; the Web of Science (accessible via the Library - Electronic Resources - Databases - W) is a very good search engine. Journals of interest include, but are by no means restricted to: Journal of Experimental Biology, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Journal of Comparative Physiology.

The literature background for the lab report should be based primarily on journal articles. We strongly discourage citation of websites, except for electronic journals, of course.

Library references will be given throughout the course.