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COURSE NUMBER: BIOL 352
COURSE TITLE: Physiology of the Vertebrates
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Heather Prior
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the physiological processes that allow the various vertebrates to live in their biotopes. How these physiological processes are regulated receives special attention.

Prerequisites: BIOL 210, 211
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Textbook:   Randall et al., Eckert Animal Physiology: Mechanisms and Adaptations, 5th ed., 2002.
  • Lab Manual:  Biology 352 Laboratory Manual, Fall, 2015, The King’s University.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Midterm exam17%
Quizzes12%
Final Exam (cumulative)33%
Lab exercises30%
Lab exam5%
Participation3%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the relationship between structure and function for various vertebrate organ systems
  • Compare patterns of physiological function across different species
  • Explain major physiological themes that shape organismal survival within the environment
  • Begin to understand the integrative nature of physiology
  • Understand the experimental basis for physiology
  • Respect and appreciate the diversity and intricacies of the physiological processes of God’s creatures
After completing the laboratory component of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of concepts covered during lectures
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of physiology laboratory techniques
  • Develop a carefully controlled experiment to test a hypothesis about human physiology
  • Clearly communicate experimental results and conclusions in written and oral formats 
  • Critically read, evaluate, and summarize information from primary scientific papers in the form of a literature review
  • Demonstrate collaborative learning skills while investigating physiological principles
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction, overview of vertebrate physiology
  • Methods in physiology
  • Nervous System
  • Circulation
  • Respiration
  • Feeding and Digestion
  • Osmoregulation
  • Energetics: Metabolic Rate, Thermoregulation, Reproduction
  • Endocrine System: Glands, Hormones, Reproduction 


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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