BIO2014 : Animal Physiology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Lectures present an overview of physiological processes. Different vertebrate and invertebrate groups will be covered, as well as some adaptations to different environments. Lectures cover topics including: nervous and sensory systems; muscles; respiration and circulation; water balance and excretion.

Practical classes provide experience in making, reporting and interpreting measurements from live animal tissues. Classes focus on the physiology of insects: neuron structure and function; muscle action and control.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures will cover the following aspects of animal physiology:
- Membrane physiology, including transport, pumps and membrane potentials
- Neurobiology, including signalling between and within nerve cells; sensory systems
- muscle
- respiration and circulation
- ion and water balance; excretion

2 x three-hour laboratory practical sessions will include experiments on insect tissues on:
- muscles
- sensory neurons

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Preparation for Practical Classes.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0018:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion60:303:00Revision for 2 x in-class tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Guided reading given in lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0018:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:3019:30Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Factual information, and the experimental evidence behind it, are delivered by means of lectures.
Some of the fundamental concepts are reinforced by the practical exercises and associated private study exercises.

The practical classes include skills that professional biologists employ, including handling biological material, using apparatus to make measurements, and numerical analysis of data.
The Class Test is an assessed piece of work which helps to prepare students for the writing skills and knowledge levels required for the final exam.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M24Practical Reports 1 and 2
Written exercise1M1Practice exam essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will test breadth and depth of factual knowledge from the lecture course. Ability to bring knowledge together in a structured manner will be tested by the essay question. The essay question also provides experience for the students to prepare them for essay-based examinations used extensively by stage 3 modules. Use of appropriate illustrations is encouraged.

In-course practical work reports will assess students’ ability to make accurate observations, to report and to interpret measurements. Knowledge and skills acquired in the practical classes will be tested in the examination.

The practice exam essay will give students experience at exam essay writing and provide information about level of knowledge expected.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

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