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Course Overview

Physiology is the study of the normal functions of living systems.  This course will introduce you to the basics of invertebrate and vertebrate physiology.

Lectures will guide you through the various body systems and their interactions that maintain homeostasis in animals.  Associated practicals allow you to explore particular systems in further detail and to develop relevant lab skills.

Through the study of examples from across different phyla, you will gain an appreciation of processes fundamental to all animals, and of differences across groups.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Cath Dennis

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Course Description

The content reflects a broad overview of animal function and physiology.  It features examples related to both invertebrate and vertebrate physiological adaptions to the environment.  The content builds on, and integrates in a critical manner, knowledge about animals from BI1009 (Frontiers in Biological Sciences) and SM1501 (The Cell).  Topics studied include nervous and endocrine systems, circulatory and respiratory systems, digestion, immune function, movement and reproduction.

Associated Costs

Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally. GBP 15.00

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 27, 29, 31, 33, 35
  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

(i) Lab reports x 5, total 50% - the first two are group assessments, the rest individual

(ii) End of term online test 50%


Resit of any failed element


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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