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:
BL3000, BL3316, BL3318*
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

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-01-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L1: Size and Scaling - 1
2017-8_BL2310_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L2: Size and Scaling - 2
2017-8_BL2310_L2

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L3: Respiratory Structures in Invertebrates
2017-8_BL2310_L3
Tuesday
06-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L4: Respiratory Structures in Vertebrates
2017-8_BL2310_L4
Wednesday
07-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L5: Respiratory Gas Transport
2017-8_BL2310_L5

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L6: Circulatory Systems 1
2017-8_BL2310_L6
Monday
12-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
BUTE PC suite
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P1: Scaling Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P1
Computer-based; ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day. Submit Report by 19 February 2017. Weighting = 50% of Coursework = 25% of Module Assessment.
Tuesday
13-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L7: Circulatory Systems 2
2017-8_BL2310_L7
Tuesday
13-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
BUTE PC suite
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P2: Scaling Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P2
Computer-based; ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day. Submit Report by 20 February 2017. Weighting = 50% of Coursework = 25% of Module Assessment.

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L8: Thermal Physiology 1
2017-8_BL2310_L8
Tuesday
20-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L9: Thermal Physiology 2
2017-8_BL2310_L9
Wednesday
21-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L10: Thermal Physiology 3
2017-8_BL2310_L10

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L11: Kidney Structure and Function
2017-8_BL2310_L11
Monday
26-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Practical P3: Breath Holding Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P3
Experimental; NOT ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day.
Tuesday
27-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L12: Kidney Ionoregulation
2017-8_BL2310_L12
Tuesday
27-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Practical P4: Breath Holding Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P4
Experimental; NOT ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day.

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Neil Hazon

Lecture L13: Regulators and Conformers in Aquatic Habitats
2017-8_BL2310_L13
Tuesday
06-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Neil Hazon

Lecture L14: Water Balance and Osmoregulation: Aquatic Organisms
2017-8_BL2310_L14
Wednesday
07-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Neil Hazon

Lecture L15: Water Balance and Osmoregulation: Terrestrial Organisms
2017-8_BL2310_L15

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L16: Senses and Sensory Systems: Photoreception
2017-8_BL2310_L16
Monday
12-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P5: Sensory Systems Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P5
Experimental; ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day. Submit Report by 27 March 2017. Weighting = 50% of Coursework = 25% of Module Assessment.
Tuesday
13-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L17: Senses and Sensory Systems: Hearing and Chemosensory Abilities
2017-8_BL2310_L17
Tuesday
13-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P6: Sensory Systems Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P6
Experimental; ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day. Submit Report by 27 March 2017. Weighting = 50% of Coursework = 25% of Module Assessment.

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L18: Hearing
2017-8_BL2310_L18
Tuesday
03-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L19: Giant Fibres and the Escape Response
2017-8_BL2310_L19
Wednesday
04-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L20: Chemical Signalling Systems
2017-8_BL2310_L20

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L21: Hormones and Insect Metamorphosis
2017-8_BL2310_L21
Monday
09-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P7: Urinary Concentration Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P7
Experimental; NOT ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day.
Tuesday
10-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L22: Vertebrate Hormones and Endocrine Control
2017-8_BL2310_L22
Tuesday
10-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Gerald Prescott

Practical P8: Urinary Concentration Practical
2017-8_BL2310_P8
Experimental; NOT ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day.

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L23: Invertebrate Life Cycles
2017-8_BL2310_L23
Tuesday
17-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L24: Invertebrate Reproduction
2017-8_BL2310_L24
Wednesday
18-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L25: Immune Systems 1
2017-8_BL2310_L25

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
23-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L26: Immune Systems 2
2017-8_BL2310_L26
Monday
23-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Chris Todd

Practical P9: Starfish spawning
2017-8_BL2310_P9
Experimental; NOT ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day.
Tuesday
24-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre C
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L27: Immune Systems 3
2017-8_BL2310_L27
Tuesday
24-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Chris Todd

Practical P10: Starfish spawning
2017-8_BL2310_P10
Experimental; NOT ASSESSED. Attend your allocated day.
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: Reading List

Click for BL2310 reading list

BL2310: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Scaling Lab
Due by:
19/02/2018 23:59
Feedback due by:
12/03/2018 23:59
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
1%
Assessment:
Sensory Lab
Due by:
06/04/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
27/04/2018 12:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
1%

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


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 PrescottDirector of Teachinggrp2@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)