Courses Catalogue

Comparative And Evolutional Physiology

COURSE CODE: PHY3101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physiology (Bachelor)
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

a.   Course introduction (1 LH)

 

i.      Definitions

 

ii.      Nature of Science

 

iii.     Darwin's Theory of Evolution to  Illustrate the Process of Science


iv.      Evidence for Evolution v.     Processes for Evolution

b.   Evolution (1 LH)

 

i.      Earth history,

 

ii.       geological time line,

 

iii.      major speciation events, and animal diversity iv.      Evolution of Detoxification Enzymes

v.      Evolutionary Tradeoffs; Example: Evolution of Aging c.   Evolution of the Earth's atmosphere (1 LH)

d.   Light:   (1 LH)

 

i.      Spectral Quality and Bioluminescence ii.      Photoperiod and Circadian Rhythm

 

e.   Pollution:  (1 LH)

 

 

i.       Background, Effects of Pesticides ii.      Evolution of Pesticide Resistance

f.   Concepts of adaptations; Range of responses (1 LH)

 

i.      What is Adaptation

 

ii.      Mechanisms of Adaptation

 

iii.     Methods for Detecting Natural Selection (Adaptation)

 

iv.      Effect of Selection on Physiological Phenotypes g.   Animal Size and Scaling  (1 LH)

h.   Overview of diverse environments and physiological demands, (1 LH)

 

i.   Cardiovascular systems and circulatory physiology (1 LH)

 

j.   Respiratory physiology (2 LH)

 

i.      Terrestrial and aquatic respiratory systems and mechanisms

 

ii.      Atmospheric and aquatic gaseous composi