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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Describe the co-ordination of physiological processes in organisms, including transport systems and responses to stimuli
- Apply detailed knowledge to explain the processes by which organisms gain energy, grow, and develop
- Compare and contrast physiological processes, and their evolution, in microbes, plants, and animals
- Demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills to appraise scientific literature on a major physiological theme
- Analyse collected experimental data and relate results to established physiological phenomena
- Apply broad and coherent knowledge of physiology to applications in the fields of 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:one of
NCCW (pre-2020 units): BIOL229, BIOL208, BIOL210, BIOL606 Pre-requisite (40cp at 1000 level or above) including (BIOX1310 or BIOL114) or (BIOX1110 or BIOL115)
- Attendance requirements - 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 (20%)
- Final Examination (40%)
- Weekly quizzes (20%)
- Practical Quizzes (20%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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