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ZO3513: ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

By exploring how animals adapt to their environments within-life and during evolution, you gain an overview of the integrated nature of physiology, from molecules to whole organism. Learning is rooted in staff’s research interests. You explore diverse aspects of physiological adaptation through individual and group work. In groups, you research animal adaptations to extreme environments- present a scientific poster, developing skills in communication and team work. In an assessed practical you perform quantitative PCR, a keystone life sciences method for gene expression analysis. You develop skills in concise scientific writing through essays developed around reading primary research papers.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Alan Bowman

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.


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 25 - 29
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 29

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

2x Essays

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

The structure of coursework (short essays) provides an opportunity for students to improve their essay writing skills. Emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback.

Learning Outcomes
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Group Work

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Feedback

Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each piece of assessed work. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will be given feedback for the poster exercise.

Learning Outcomes
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Practical Assessment

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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