In this course, you will explore animal ecophysiology and its modern applications in theory, in the laboratory, and in the field. Emphasis will be on: the strategies that animals have evolved to meet the physiological challenges associated with the environments they inhabit; how this helps scientists to understand the distribution of animals across land and seascapes; and how this in turn aids thinking on conservation and management of animal populations in the face of escalating anthropogenic impacts.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorials will be conducted either physically on campus or by using a video conferencing platform e.g., Zoom.||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Laboratory 1 – Laboratories will be delivered on campus, and a PC1 wet lab.||2hrs||Week 2||6 times|
|Information session – Online session to be delivered in odd weeks, live via zoom.||1hr||Week 1||7 times|
Homeostasis: water and ion regulation
Kidneys and excretion: adaptations to dry environments
Scaling: Getting big
Metabolism: effects of size and habitat
Temperature regulation: Adaptations to cold and hot climates
Breathing, circulation and Gas exchange
Eating and digestion
Muscle and speed
Gait and climbing
Swimming and flying
Evolution of Sex
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Demonstrate and apply knowledge in animal ecophysiology||
Creative and critical thinker
|2||Design, implement and record the results of, experiments in animal ecophysiology and critically analyse the results.||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Research, organise, scientifically communicate and present information about animal physiology in a creative and informative way.||
Creative and critical thinker
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ANM103 and enrolled in Program SB303, SC320
Basic computer skills and ability to download files, and navigate a desktop environment. Knowledge of excel.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
In week 5 you will be given an online quiz with multiple choice questions based upon course content, which reflect the style and detail required for the end of semester exam. These questions are non-weighted and are there to provide early feedback on the course
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Practical / Laboratory Skills||Individual||30%||
6 x 300-400 words
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||In Class|
|Week 5||Online Submission|
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||4||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||40%||
2 hr ~ 1000 words
|Exam Period||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Laboratory-activity worksheets|
This task is designed to develop your critical analysis skills in animal ecophysiology. You will design, implement and record the results of experiments in animal ecophysiology
|Product:||Practical / Laboratory Skills|
You will individually complete six laboratory-activity worksheets during scheduled laboratory classes. Worksheets could include written responses to questions, scientific drawings, calculations, graphing and interpretation of experimental results. Weeks 2,4,6,8, 12 and 13.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Online Quizz|
This online quiz will allow you to practice and demonstrate your understanding of animal ecophysiology Course topics and concepts up to and including week 5. This quiz is important as it will give you feedback and will indicate the types of questions you will encounter on the final exam.
Individual students will complete a non-weighted online multiple choice quiz by the due date
|All - Assessment Task 3:Animal ecophysiology essay|
This task requires you to pull all of your ecophysiology knowledge together to assess a mythical creature. You will be required to estimate the morphology and physiology of any mythical creature you choose. You will discuss 3 key features of this creature which may or may not be biologically possible using your knowledge of animal ecophysiology.
You will consider several aspects of the ecophysiology of your creature. This will involve an essay-style discussion on a subset of 3 systems, from the skeletal, musculature, sensory, nervous, circulatory, digestive and reproductive systems. This will be accompanied by a figure illustrating your creature
|All - Assessment Task 4:End of semester examination|
This exam will will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of animal ecophysiology course topics and concepts.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
The final exam is a comprehensive, two (2) hour final examination, consisting of multiple choice and short answer style questions. The examination is closed book. Formative fortnightly multiple choice style quizzes will be available on Canvas to help you to gauge your progress with your learning in the course and familiarise yourself with the level of expectation of content knowledge.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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Students are required to bring their own hat and suitable covered clothing and footwear on field outings. Laboratory coats and covered footwear are required for laboratory access.
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