• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Physiology, Biology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Evans
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL6115
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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. Understand and predict 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 basic physiological research and effectively communicate the findings;
  5. Work as a research team and provide effective peer support and feedback.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • 4 lab quizzes or short reports (30%, LO 1, 3, 4, 5)
  • Mid-semester exam (30%, LO 1, 2)
  • Final exam (40%, LO 1, 2)

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Workload

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL1003 and BIOL1004. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL6115.

Prescribed Texts

Campbell, Reece and Meyers Biology 11th Edition Australian Version, or earlier version.

Assumed Knowledge

CHEM1101 or PHYS1101 or PHYS1004 are recommended.

Majors

Specialisations

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8885 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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