Courses Catalogue

Environmental Physiology

COURSE CODE: PHY 3204
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physiology, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE JUSTIFICATION:

The  course  is  intended  to  acquaint  students  with  some  of  the  major  environmental

 

challenges encountered by animals, and stresses the diversity of physiological solutions to  these  problems  in  aquatic  and  terrestrial  organisms.  The  sequence  of  lectures  is designed  to first introduce students to the physical problems confronting animals in nature, and the time frame of adaptive responses to environmental perturbations. Also, a comparative study of how genetically different and diverse animal groups respond and adapt  their  functional  characteristics  to  the  same  environmental  stimuli  will  be undertaken.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This will a theoretical course delivered mainly through interactive lectures with critical thinking discussions and demonstrations.

COURSE AIMS

 

This course aims to foster both content specific knowledge and scientific enquiry and reasoning skills. As a result, this course will stimulate interest in the field of evolutionary physiology, and will also provide a solid preparation for the new (2015) MCAT examination. The specific learning objectives are listed below;

1.   Develop the ability to answer the following questions, and illustrate with examples:

What is evolutionary physiology, what unique perspectives does it bring to the study of evolution, and what tools does it employ?


2. How is genetic variation transformed in


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