Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL332
Subject Name Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology
Credit Points 8
Pre-Requisites BIOL103 and BIOL105
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence BIOL362
Assessment Mini Research Report 1 12.5%, Mini Research Report 2 17.5%, Mid-session quiz 25%, Group Discussion 5%, Final Examination 40%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.167
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511  $ 1511 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2h lectures per week, 2h practical (most weeks), 1h tutorial (most weeks)
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Melinda Waterman
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
Physiological and biochemical characterisation of organisms in relation to size, metabolic intensity, and response to environmental variables. Physiological responses of plants and animals to variations in light intensity, spectral quality and temperature, solar radiation, temperature, gas composition, and pressure. Evolution of aerobic metabolism, aerobic capacity and endothermy. Physiological processes associated with phenotypic plasticity and adaptive traits. Physiological correlates of life-history variation. This subject may involve the use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products in order to achieve specific learning objectives.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand the physiological and biochemical responses of animals and plants to environmental variation;
2. Identify how marine, aquatic & terrestrial environments select for biochemical and physiological adaptations in animals and plants;
3. Explain aspects of the evolution of biochemical and physiological processes in organisms;
4. Understand the influence of size and phylogeny in animal energetics;
5. Complete an experiment to answer a specific physiological question;
6. Analyse physiological data in an appropriate manner and present these effectively in both written and seminar formats;
7. Appreciate the use of computers for data logging and analysis;
8. Show concern for accuracy, precision, honesty and respect for organisms under study;
9. Show concern for the safety and welfare of others in the lab (OH&S awareness);
10. Critically evaluate information sources; Work in a group towards a common goal.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

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