2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BLGY2293 Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales
10 creditsClass Size: 200
Module manager: Professor Helen Miller
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsUsually level 1 Biology core
Module replacesBLGY 2292 Animal Physiology
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesStudents will be expected to compare mammalian physiology to that of other classes of animal in private study.
Using mammals as the main point of reference this module will look at several areas of physiology.
On completion of the module students will be:
Comment confidently and critically on, and thus demonstrate a knowledge and comprehension of, the core subject areas:
- Reproductive physiology
- Environmental physiology
- Growth physiology
- Muscle physiology.
Demonstrate proficiency to a level of conscious competence in the following:
- Using search engines and literature to research areas of physiology in greater detail
- Presenting acquired knowledge in a coherent form to classmates via the use of slides, notes and verbal explanation
- Work effectively in a small group.
Teamwork, research, time management, verbal communication.
The module will cover topics in:
b) Reproductive physiology
c) Environmental physiology
d) Growth physiology
e) Muscle physiology
One of the practical sessions involves each student dissecting a vertebrate animal, probably a domestic bird such as a laying hen that has reached the end of its productive life. Dissection is a valuable technique for aiding in the understanding of physiology and enables a level of understanding which cannot be achieved by use of videos or reference texts. The opportunity to learn from performing your own dissection should not be lightly discarded, however, some students may have ethical concerns about performing a dissection in which case they should notify a member of the academic teaching staff at least one week prior to the dissection practical to discuss these concerns. Students will be offered a suitable alternative. Students who fail to notify staff of their concerns before the deadline will have a 10% penalty applied to their assessment.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Problem Based Learning||1||2.00||2.00|
|Independent online learning hours||18.00|
|Private study hours||59.00|
|Total Contact hours||23.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyEach lecture will cover basic principles with examples. Further reading will be required to increase both the breadth and the depth of student knowledge. Students will be directed to reading material and additional online learning resources. Associated with each of the five topic areas will be online MCQ and problem solving exercises.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackDuring the course there will be self-assessment exercises on the VLE on the basic principles covered in the lectures. We will monitor student performance in these and address any issues arising.
The students will be able to contact staff directly or via email at any time on any issue related to the course.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Practical||2 x Practicals assessed by a multiple choice exercise||5.00|
|Presentation||Group presentation (10 minutes) - slides & written notes to be provided||25.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||30.00|
Dissection Practical: some students may have ethical concerns about performing a dissection in which case they should notify a member of the academic teaching staff at least one week prior to the dissection practical to discuss these concerns. Students who fail to notify staff of their concerns before the deadline will have a 10% penalty applied to their assessment.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||70.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 25/04/2019
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