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.

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.