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This module will explore the major levels of complexity of invertebrate and vertebrate life. It will cover the importance of structure/function relationships in physiology, at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ-systems level. Students will study the anatomy and physiology of the main systems in vertebrate and invertebrate organisms. The evolution of the main body systems will be highlighted and a comparative approach will be used to highlight the diversity of animal life. Physiological adaptations of animals to the environment will be discussed.
This module introduces a variety of laboratory techniques for investigating cellular and physiological processes, and conducting controlled experiments.
The module will build on molecular biology of the cell taught in NS4207. It will provide a knowledge of animal physiology which will support the study of whole organisms (NS5206 Equine Biology and NS6202 Avian Biology) and behaviour (NS5207 Animal Behaviour).
Physiology; comparative physiology; anatomy; evolution of multicellular organisms; levels of organisation found in animal life; regulation of physiological processes (homeostasis); cell function; tissue organisation; major tissue types; the main organ systems of invertebrate and vertebrate life – to include - immune, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, reproductive and digestive systems; physiological adaptations to environmental extremes (such as temperature); mechanisms of adaptation (neurons and hormones); physiology of life cycles and seasonal cycles; and animal locomotion.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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