Programme Specification: Part IA Physiology of Organisms
This course is taught jointly by the Departments of Plant Sciences, Physiology, Development, & Neuroscience, and Zoology.
- to provide a course of basic comparative physiology, introducing students to the principles of normal biological function in a wide range of organisms;
- to prepare students for subsequent biological courses that require an understanding of the physiology of organisms;
- to show how animals and plants maintain an internal steady state, how they acquire and dispose of nutrients and how they detect and respond to changes in their environments;
- to outline the physiology of bacteria and fungi;
- to investigate the evolution of physiological mechanisms in vertebrates, and the influence that body size has on physiology;
- to develop practical biological skills.
At the end of the course students should
- have an enhanced knowledge and appreciation of the physiology of organisms;
- be able to develop cogent and critical arguments based on the course material;
- be able to perform, analyse and report on experiments and observations in physiology;
- be able to integrate related topics from separate parts of the course.
Teaching and learning methods
- lectures, practical classes;
- feedback on practical notebooks containing records of practical work (for aim 6 and learning outcome 3);
- College-based supervisions.
Assessment for this course is through
- a written examination consisting of one practical paper and one theory paper (for aims 1-6 and learning outcomes 1-4);
Courses of Preparation
Recommended: AS or A Level Biology and/or Physics.