ZOOL13015 - Environmental Physiology of Animals
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Students will gain an understanding of the physiological adaptations of animals that enable them to inhabit a range of environments and how animals can respond to environmental challenges such as climate change. Students will also conduct independent literature research and examine a range of procedures and technologies used to research the environmental physiology of animals.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BIOL11100

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 10%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Lectures are overlong and difficult to relate to Learning outcomes Personal observation, course evaluations I will revisit the learning outcomes and content for this course. For 2017, I will try to pre-record the lectures in smaller sessions (30 minutes max) and then run Collaborate tutorials.
Students (again) felt that the research presentations were worthwhile and interesting. One student disagreed, noting that it was time they could have spent elsewhere. My personal opinion is that a couple of the sessions were over long. Course Evaluations, student emails, personal reflection I will make the research sessions more succinct and timetable one per day rather than a whole day.
Some equipment is still not working well and results in pracs not being successful. Personal observation, course evaluations I will work with the laboratory staff to ensure pracs are viable.
Students struggled with the Literature Review despite support provided and offers of scaffolding. However, I am loathe to make the 'stepwise' development of the literature review compulsory as by third year, students need to take responsibility for their own time management. Self reflection I will offer a Collaborate tutorial on writing literature reviews.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the functioning and control of physiological systems in a range of animals.
  2. Explain the physiological responses of animals to a range of environmental challenges.
  3. Present, analyse and interpret physiological data.
  4. Demonstrate a range of practical skills relevant to the study of environmental physiology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Principles of Animal Physiology
Author/s: Moyes & Schulte Year: 2015
Edition: 3rd edn Publisher: Pearson
City: Edinburgh
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDelma Clifton (d.clifton@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Basic Principles

Chapter 1, 2, 3; Moyes & Schulte

Week 2 13-03-2017

Energy and Nutrition

Chapter 14; Moyes & Schulte

Identify which group of animals you will be researching for your literature review and notify your course coordinator by email.

Week 3 20-03-2017 Osmoregulation and excretion

Chapter 13; Moyes & Schulte

Week 4 27-03-2017

Respiration and circulation

Chapter 9 & 11; Moyes & Schulte

Compulsory Residential School: 27 - 29 March
Week 5 03-04-2017

Thermoregulation

Chapter 15; Moyes & Schulte

Literature review: Send an annotated list of at least 15 relevant articles to your course coordinator.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Sensory Systems and Locomotion

Chapter 5, 6, 7; Moyes & Schulte

Send an outline of your literature review to the course coordinator for feedback.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Hormones, Pheremones and Reproduction

Chapter 4 & 16; Moyes & Schulte

Week 8 01-05-2017

Marine life

Week 9 08-05-2017

Estuaries

Submit your first draft of your literature review to Turnitin for checking.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Freshwater and extreme aquatic habitats

Week 11 22-05-2017

Terrestrial ecosystems

Week 12 29-05-2017

Extreme terrestrial habitats and Review

Literature Review Due Monday (29 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Revision. Exams start 8/6/17

Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Literature Review
Task Description

You are required to write a 4,000 to 5,000 word literature review on the following topic:

Choose a group of Australian animals from the list below and discuss their physiological and behavioural adaptations to the environment and, hence, comment on their potential to adapt to climate change.
  1. Micro bats
  2. Megapodes
  3. Bettongs
  4. Tree Kangaroos

More information will be available on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for writing skills, content, research and referencing. Marks will not be allocated for sections that are plagiarised or copied, in line with CQU Policy. A detailed marking scheme is available on the Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 45%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the functioning and control of physiological systems in a range of animals.

2. Explain the physiological responses of animals to a range of environmental challenges.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Submission of Laboratory Log Book, including experimental data, calculations and answers to questions. Exact details will be provided on the Moodle site and discussed at the residential school.

Assessment Due Date On completion of the residential school
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for completeness and presentation of data, accuracy of calculations and answers to questions. Detailed marking criteria will be provided on the Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 45%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Your log book will be submitted at the end of the residential school.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the functioning and control of physiological systems in a range of animals.

2. Explain the physiological responses of animals to a range of environmental challenges.

3. Present, analyse and interpret physiological data.

4. Demonstrate a range of practical skills relevant to the study of environmental physiology.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 45
Length 150 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the functioning and control of physiological systems in a range of animals.

2. Explain the physiological responses of animals to a range of environmental challenges.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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