ZOOL327 Ecological and Comparative Physiology

Updated: 22 July 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory The Trimester 2 Intensive School will not be offered in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites (ZOOL203 or ZOOL230 or PSIO210 or PSIO210A or PSIO211 or ANSC201) and (PSIO220 or PSIO220A); or (96cp and candidature in BZool or BSc(Zoology)); or (for Arts and Education students only: CHEM110 and CHEM120 and ZOOL203 or ZOOL230 or PSIO210 or PSIO211 or ANSC201 and PSIO220); or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Fritz Geiser (fgeiser@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Physiological adaptations of animals to their environment will be covered. The emphasis is on Australian vertebrates. This unit requires animal experimentation and/or dissection during some mandatory practical classes. Topics include energetics and thermoregulation of ectotherms and endotherms, digestive physiology, and osmoregulation in terrestrial, freshwater, marine and extreme environments. Practical work will be both laboratory and field based.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Animal Physiology

ISBN: 9781605354712
Hill, R., Wyse, G.A. and Anderson, M., Sinauer 4th ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1: Essay 30% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical Reports 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

6 brief reports

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Take Home Exam 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

Take Home Open Book Exam

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. provide a broad and coherent understanding of the functional adaptations of animals to environmental extremes and be able to communicate this either verbally or in written form;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of thermal biology of ectotherms and endotherms;
  3. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the energetics of ectotherms and endotherms;
  4. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of how animals osmoregulate in terrestrial, freshwater, marine and extreme environments; this will also show the student's ability to analyse and evaluate information; and
  5. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate capacity to make individual well developed judgment about the subject.