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BI3512: COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY 2 (2022-2023)

Last modified: 19 Aug 2022 11:35


Course Overview

This course continues the focus on comparative animal physiology, following from Comparative Physiology 1, and goes  into the more complex systems. These include  energy balance & thermogenesis, reproduction, respiration, defence & immunology, and osmoregulation.. The course aimsto consolidate your integrated understanding of physiology ranging from cells to tissues to organs.

Extended laboratory practicals provide an opportunity to apply your understanding of physiological mechanisms to design and carry out experiments. You will also develop advanced skills by troubleshooting and interpreting data.

Written and oral assignments are structured to build confidence and competence in explaining complex ideas and presenting information to different types of audiences (e.g., scientists or the general public).

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 Davina Derous
  • Dr Alan Bowman

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 draws from a text and the research expertise of the contributors. This research-led teaching provides a learning experience that is well-grounded in the fundamental mechanisms of physiology and is  enriched with current research activities.

The course includes lecture content, practical work and student-led activities.  It runs in the second half-session in Thread One.

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Students should possess a Howie laboratory coat and safety glasses. Further details of requirements can be found on the course's MyAberdeen page. The cost listed here is approximate. GBP 23.00

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 26 - 29
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 27 - 28

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Timed Essays (2)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 34

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Students will be asked to answer two essay questions based on lecture material.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate a critical understanding of a selection of physiological mechanisms in a range of animal types;

Lab Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 28,30 Feedback Weeks 30,32

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Lab Reports (1 – formative, 1 summative)

Students will write up a synthetic report that covers two of the practicals. 

The first practical will include submission of a formative report that receives general feedback to the class.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandImplement a number of laboratory techniques, relevant to working with animal systems, that allow for the investigation of physiological processes;
ProceduralAnalyseInterpret and report on investigations aimed at elucidating mechanisms and processes relevant to physiology

Poster

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 28,30 Feedback Weeks 30,32

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Students will prepare a poster that is focused on a topic related to comparative physiology

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate a critical understanding of a selection of physiological mechanisms in a range of animal types;

Formative Assessment

Lab Report: Individual

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 27 Feedback Weeks 29

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Students will write up a synthetic report that covers two of the practicals.  The first practical will include submission of a formative report that receives general feedback to the class.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandImplement a number of laboratory techniques, relevant to working with animal systems, that allow for the investigation of physiological processes;
ProceduralAnalyseInterpret and report on investigations aimed at elucidating mechanisms and processes relevant to physiology

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of any failed element/s

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 50,51,52 Feedback Weeks

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Students will be required to resit any failed element; the grades achieved in the first attempt for passed elements will be carried forward to determine the resit grade

Feedback will be provided three weeks after submission

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandImplement a number of laboratory techniques, relevant to working with animal systems, that allow for the investigation of physiological processes;
FactualApplyDemonstrate a critical understanding of a selection of physiological mechanisms in a range of animal types;
ProceduralAnalyseInterpret and report on investigations aimed at elucidating mechanisms and processes relevant to physiology

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