Vertebrate Physiology (NSCI6741)

Level: 
6
Credits: 
15 (0.125 EFTS)
Compulsory: 
No
Aim: 
To promote an understanding of the physiological responses of animals to environmental challenges and stressors.
Pre-requisites / Co-requisites: 
Students must be admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Science programme to enrol in this course.
Topics include: 

- Central paradigms of vertebrate physiology
homeostasis and feedback-control, physiological adaptation, acclimatisation and acclimation, regulators-conformers,
physiological constraints on the distribution of animals
temperature as a constraint, concept of LD50,
- Examples of homeostasis Osmo- and thermo-regulation balance
properties of water, water balance, principles of fluid movement, osmotic and oncotic pressure, urine formation,adaptations to terrestrial environments and environments with different
osmotic challenges, basics of energetics and metabolic response to exercise and thermal stresses,physiological responses and adaptations to hot and cold environments
adaptive hyperthermy, topor and hibernation, fever ,
Role of hormones in osmoregulation, and control of metabolism relevant to thermoregulation.
- Detection of and response to stimuli. Nervous and muscular system function
resting membrane potential, action potentials, synapse ,simple reflexes,and motor networks,
detection of noxious stimuli and pain., Muscle function and physiology.
- Feuling the system
food and oxygen
Digestive and cardiovascular/ respiratory system physiology , the action of enzymes and the endocrine control of digestion and key nutrients.
- Challenges of synchronization
reproductive physiology in males and males, the role of hormones in regulation of key events in reproduction
Timetable: 
Choose your class for this course from the option(s) below. You will need to attend all the sessions in that class to complete the course. Where more than one class number is shown, choose one of them and attend all sessions within that class number. (Note: If a class is held in different locations at the same time, you only need to attend all the sessions in one of the locations.)
There are no classes on public holidays.

Class: 1760

You need to attend all sessions of this class as listed below.

From – ToSessionDayTimeCampus (Room)
26 Feb 18 - 9 Apr 18 LectureMonday10:30 - 11:30 Mt Albert (115-3016)
27 Feb 18 - 10 Apr 18 LectureTuesday08:30 - 09:30 Mt Albert (115-3016)
LabTuesday10:30 - 12:30 Mt Albert (114-3015)
30 Apr 18 - 4 Jun 18 LectureMonday10:30 - 11:30 Mt Albert (115-3016)
1 May 18 - 5 Jun 18 LectureTuesday08:30 - 09:30 Mt Albert (115-3016)
1 May 18 - 26 Jun 18 LabTuesday10:30 - 12:30 Mt Albert (114-3015)
Note: This course is offered as part of Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare), Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).

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