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Module

BIO3050 : Physiological Zoology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Bevan
  • Lecturer: Dr Timothy Boswell
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

How animals have adapted to survive and thrive in their environmental niches is one of the most fascinating aspects of biology. This module provides insights into topics at the forefront of contemporary research in physiological zoology. Study units will involve lectures alongside workshop-type small group teaching with research active staff. The overall goal of the module is to expose students to modern research in Zoology.

The module aims to illustrate, with examples, how animals are adapted, both physiologically and behaviourally, to occupy a wide range of environments and to show how these mechanisms are integrated to ensure the survival of the animal. The information will be drawn from both field-based and laboratory studies. The module will also provide students with the opportunity to study in depth how an animal has adapted to a particular environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture blocks will be based on various current topics in Zoology linked to the research interests of academic staff teaching on the module. Topics in the module will depend on those research interests but could cover subjects such as:

Animal energetics.
Migration.
Thermoregulation
Hypometabolism
Behavioural endocrinology
Endocrine function and the influence of environmental factors.
Female and male reproductive behaviours.
Hormones and social behaviour.
Homeostasis and behaviour: appetite and body mass regulation.
Hormones and stress

In addition, there will be 4 research seminars in which ‘hot’ topics in physiological zoology will be discussed.

Coursework involves summarising a particular research topic through, for example, a poster or a graphical abstract

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable