Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2310 Comparative Physiology

(BL2310 online module handbook version 17)

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image: Nephila clavata Koch - the Japanese golden web spider. This large bodied (3 cm) spider is a voracious predator and shows marked sexual dimorphism (small males, large females) plus complex mating behavior - including sexual cannibalism.

A comparative physiologist studies organisms to explore the origins and nature of physiological diversity. This module covers the principles of physiological adaptation in a range of animals, including examples from all major taxa and from all habitats. The specific topics and components include: (1) the physiological consequences of body size and scaling effects; (2) respiratory and circulatory systems in vertebrates and invertebrates; (3) thermal physiology: (4) water balance in aquatic and land animals; (5) the mammalian kidney and its functioning; (6) sensory systems in different environments; (7) neural signaling and vertebrate senses; (8) control systems - hormones and pheromones; and (9) immunity and the maintenance of physiological integrity.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Prof Sue Healy
sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 462065
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL1101 and pass BL1102*
Anti-requisite Modules:
You cannot take this module if you take BL2106*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL2310: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL2310 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2310: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 September 2018 22:20:12.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Prof Sue Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Sue Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Sue Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Sue Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL2310: Contributing Staff

Prof Sue Healy

Prof Sue Healy
(Module Organiser)

Professorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Verena Dietrich-BischoffDr Verena Dietrich-BischoffTeaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Neil HazonDr Neil HazonReadernh1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Sue HealyProf Sue Healy
(Module Organiser)
Professorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Bill HeitlerDr Bill HeitlerReaderwjh@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottSenior Lecturergrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Graeme RuxtonProf Graeme RuxtonProfessorgr41@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Valerie SmithDr Valerie SmithReadervjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Chris ToddProf Chris ToddProfessor of Marine Ecologycdt@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2310: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2310 successfully should be able to:

  • Understand and describe the fundamentals of differing physiological control systems
  • Compare the structure and function of the different physiological systems
  • Understand how the integration of physiological control mechanisms permits the maintenance of homeostasis
  • Understand the physiological basis of organismal adaptations to environmental challenge
  • Use quantitative methods to analyze, and permit interpretation of, important physiological phenomena
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2310: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biological drawing and photography
  • Compound Microscopy
  • Handling invertebrate cells
  • Stereomicroscopy

Transferable Skills

  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Searching databases
  • Reflective analysis
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Data analysis
  • Data presentation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Scaling
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)