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Course Overview

Lectures by animal scientists based in SBS provide students with an understanding of how physiological systems enable animals to interact with their environment.

By exploring functional properties of living systems at different levels (i.e., cell, tissue, organ, organism) students gain a holistic understanding of animal physiology.

Practical sessions focus on biological chemistry, circulation, muscle, insect movement and osmolarity, and allow students to develop relevant lab skills.

 Through the study of vertebrate and invertebrate examples, students 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 None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Steve McMellor

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Course Description

The content reflects currently important topics in animal function and physiology. It features units related to both invertebrate and vertebrate physiological adaptations to the environment. The content builds on, and integrates in a critical manner, knowledge about animals from BI 1005 (Organismal Biology) and BI 1509 (Ecology and Environmental Science). Topics typically include areas such Sensory Systems, Excretion, Respiration & Circulation, Biological chemistry, Thermoregulation and Osmoregulation.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hours written exam (60%); continuous assessment (40%).

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

One formative on-line test will help students assess how well they are learning the course material. Student participation in these tests will be monitored and contribute to retention of the class certificate.


Students will receive regular written feedback on each practical report before the start of the next practical class.

Course Learning Outcomes


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