BIO2014 : Animal Physiology
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Peter Simmons
- Other Staff: Dr Richard Bevan
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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
- respiration and circulation
- ion and water balance; excretion
2 x three-hour laboratory practical sessions will include experiments on insect tissues on:
- sensory neurons
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||18||1:00||18:00||Revision for final exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||6||0:30||3:00||Revision for 2 x in-class tests|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||3:00||6:00||Preparation for Practical Classes.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||10:00||10:00||Guided reading given in lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||18||1:00||18:00||Lecture follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||19:30||19:30||Study 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||24||Practical Reports 1 and 2|
|Written exercise||1||M||1||Practice 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.