The course is intended
challenges encountered by animals, and stresses the diversity of physiological solutions to these
problems in aquatic and terrestrial organisms. The
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
of how genetically different and diverse animal groups respond and adapt their functional
to the same environmental stimuli will be undertaken.
This will a theoretical course delivered mainly
through interactive lectures with critical thinking discussions and demonstrations.
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
What is evolutionary physiology, what unique perspectives does it bring to the study
of evolution, and what tools
does it employ?