• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Physiology, Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Evans
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.

Physiology is the study of how plants and animals operate at all levels from the cell to organs and organ systems, and how all of these work together to maintain normal function. Plant and animal systems have evolved by very different pathways, but there are striking parallels as well as differences in how hormones and other biomolecules interact in day-to-day life, and how they govern metabolic processes, growth and performance. This course explores physiological processes from a comparative perspective, examining how physiological innovation has underpinned the evolution of complexity in both in plants and animals.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Compare and contrast the physiological processes that occur in plants and animals, governing day to day function;
  2. Predict and interpret the physiological responses of plants and animals to environmental stresses including temperature extremes and starvation;
  3. Use observation and laboratory experimentation to generate and test physiological hypotheses;
  4. Conduct physiological research and effectively communicate the findings;
  5. Apply experimental design skills to understanding population responses and interpreting quantitative data;
  6. Work within a research team and provide effective peer support and feedback.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • 1 short essay (20%, LO 1, 2, 4)
  • 4 lab reports (24%, LO 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Mid-semester exam (24%, LO 1, 2)
  • Final exam (32%, LO 1, 2)

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Three lectures per week, 6 practicals over the semester plus independent study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with BIOL2115

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Campbell, Reece and Meyers Biology 11th Edition Australian Version, or earlier version.  This is the first year text and it will be augmented with key readings provided via Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL1003, BIOL1004 and CHEM1101 or equivalent courses


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8692 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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