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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

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessments

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

(ii) End of term online test 50%

Alternative Resit Arrangements 

Students will repeat whichever elements of the assessment were failed or not completed at first sitting; the marks for elements already passed will be carried forwards.

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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