BIO3001 : Animal Ecophysiology
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Bevan
- Lecturer: Dr Timothy Boswell
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
How animals have adapted to survive and thrive in their environmental niches is one of the most fascinating aspects of biology. BIO3001 Animal Ecophysiology aims to illustrate, with examples, how animals (mainly vertebrates) 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 mainly from field-based studies but backed up by laboratory observations. In this module, students will learn about the processes that allow, for example, an elephant seal to dive to 1500m or a bar-headed goose to fly over the Himalayas. 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
Syllabus will cover:
• Animal energetics.
• Endocrine function and the influence of environmental factors.
• Adaptations to hostile environments
In addition, there will be 4 research seminars (voluntary attendance), in which 'hot' topics in Animal Ecophysiology will be discussed.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||0:30||11:00||Exam revision|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||12:00||12:00||Poster preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||7||1:00||7:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||9:00||9:00||Field visit and worksheet completion|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||22||0:45||16:30||Lecture follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||12:30||12:30||Consolidating lecture notes|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||4||2:00||8:00||Preparation for research seminars|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures provide a theoretical understanding of the principles of Animal Ecophysiology. These lectures are supplemented by reading relevant scientific literature to support these ideas, and provide students with fundamental knowledge of the subject area. The field visit provides an opportunity to apply some of the concepts learnt in the lectures.
The research seminars and poster preparation will provide students with an opportunity to discuss current issues in Animal Ecophysiology and use what they have learned in the lectures. Seminars will be based upon a variety of topics and approaches and will ensure students' fluency with interpreting data within a theoretical framework.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||5||Edinburgh Zoo worksheet|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the subject area and the ability to integrate information from lectures and additional reading. The poster presentation assesses the student's ability to carry out an in depth literature search, to assimilate relevant information and present it clearly in poster format. The questionnaire assesses the student's ability to apply the knowledge gained in the lectures to animals seen at Edinburgh Zoo.
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.