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ZO3513: ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 15:17


Course Overview

Several themes explore how animals adapt to their environments within-life and during evolution, providing an overview of the integrated nature of physiology.

In groups, you will research how animals survive in extreme environments - presenting your findings as a scientific poster, developing skills in communication and team work.

The course has a practical where you will perform quantitative PCR - a keystone life sciences method for gene expression analysis.

All learning material is rooted in the research interests of teaching staff, meaning it is delivered effectively with enthusiasm.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Daniel Macqueen

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course builds on Principles of Animal Physiology (BI2510), where basic physiological mechanisms were covered, to encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of key topics in animal physiology linked to the environment. An emphasis is placed on learning from the primary scientific literature, including primary research articles and review papers. Classes include lectures and discussion groups that provide a strong theoretical grounding of the learning material. Students will explore the topics covered in detail through structured assessments, including both group and independent work.

Associated Costs

None

Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 25-29, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 11-13.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Animal Ecology
  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Marine Biology
  • BSc Wildlife Management
  • BSc Zoology

Contact Teaching Time

50 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

The course is 100% assessed by coursework consisting of:

1. 40% of the course grade for a 1,000 word essay/argument, based on an area proposed by each of the teaching staff (4 areas to choose from);

2. 30% of the course grade for a practical assessment (within-class exercise; full day in lab; 20 questions answered per student, along with achievement of practical work);

3. 30% of the course grade for group work (a poster on adaptation to the extreme environment)

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback.

Feedback

Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback.

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