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BIOL3945: Animal Ecological Physiology (Advanced)

The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL3045 but qualified students will participate in alternative components at a more advanced level. Animal Ecological Physiology is a conceptually based unit of study that covers physiological interactions between organisms and their environments. The unit explores evolutionary processes that allow animals to persist in variable environments. These concepts are essential to understanding biodiversity and ecological function of animal populations, and how these are likely to change under future climate change. The unit will be suitable for those with an interest in zoology, as well as students with a particular interest in ecology and evolution. There is a strong focus on experimental biology and incorporating theory into practical classes, during which students design their own experiments. Good working knowledge of statistical analyses is assumed. The unit provides essential skills for conducting and presenting research, and for critical evaluation of published research.

Code BIOL3945
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
An average mark of 75 or above in [12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp of BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
BIOL3045 or BIOL3011 or BIOL3911 or BIOL3012 or BIOL3912

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the importance of phenotypic plasticity and adaptation
  • LO2. Understand the effect of changing abiotic environments on animal function
  • LO3. Understand the principles of physiological regulation
  • LO4. Understand the importance of nutrition for animal function
  • LO5. Understand the role of physiology for conservation
  • LO6. Design experiments and analyse data
  • LO7. Apply information and computing skills to access appropriate databases and other resources to gather and assess information about animal biology
  • LO8. Read and evaluate the scientific literature critically
  • LO9. Develop written communication skills to disseminate knowledge relating to animal biology
  • LO10. Work constructively and respectfully in a team environment.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.