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- 26 Jul 2021
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Describe how organisms gain energy, grow, and develop
- Describe the co-ordination of physiological processes in organisms, including transport systems and responses to stimuli
- Compare and contrast physiological processes in microbes, plants, and animals, considering how these processes have evolved
- Undertake a team-based experiment chosen from a topic provided after presenting a plan, and summarise the findings on completion
- Analyse collected experimental data and relate results to established physiological phenomena
- Address a major physiological process in the form of a scientific report
- Relate your knowledge of physiology to applications in biotechnology and medicine
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
NCCW (pre-2020 units): BIOL229, BIOL208, BIOL210, BIOL606 Pre-requisite (40cp at 1000 level or above) including (BIOL1310 or BIOL114) or (BIOL1110 or BIOL115)
- AttendanceDetails - Practical class Available in block mode
This unit will compare and contrast a range of physiological processes in microbes, plants and animals. It will highlight common features and their evolutionary origins, with particular reference to prokaryotic genes which have been conserved in multicellular organisms. Topics to be explored include metabolism (e.g. respiration, photosynthesis and transport), environmental responses (e.g. abiotic stress response, immune reactions, behaviour), morphogenesis (e.g. cell division, homeotic genes, embryogenesis and symmetry) and phenology (e.g. sexual maturation, fertilisation, life cycles). The unit will draw the common threads of evolution together in complex multicellular organisms, as well as contrasting those processes unique to each Kingdom, such as photosynthesis and locomotion.
- Written Assignment (10%)
- Final Examination (40%)
- Mid-semester test (10%)
- Quizzes (40%)
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