Environment Physiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

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Environment Physiology & Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

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Biol 322: Environmental Physiology of Animals


Course Goals and Objectives

BIOL 322 is a survey of animal physiology using a comparative perspective. The emphasis is on the interaction of the animal with its environment (social and physical) rather than the mechanisms of homeostatic feedback within an individual. Examples will be drawn widely from the Animal Kingdom. This course differs from BIOL 339 that examines the functioning of major organs and tissues from a comparative perspective rather than the interactions of an organism with the environment. It also differs from human PHGY courses that are focused on function as a means of understanding and mitigating malfunction (disease) of human, rather than physiological functions as an array of evolutionary adaptation to an ecological niche. The BIOL 322 emphasis on the environment leads us to consider the impacts of environmental disturbances, including contaminants, on the welfare of wild animals. The course assumes a basic understanding of biological diversity (BIOL 200) and animal physiology (BIOL 339).


Grading Scheme

Mid-term - 20%
Essay - 30%
Final Examination - 50%

Essay references and requirement will be assigned through this course website after mid-term examination Late submission of assignment will be subjected to 2% deduction of the assignment mark per day.
All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks. The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale.


Textbooks/Readings

The required course textbook is: 
Willmer, Stone & Johnston. 2005. Environmental Physiology of Animals 2nd edition, Blackwell Science. ISBN1-4051-0724-3. 

Although the 2nd edition of the book has been published in 2005, and it is preferred textbook for this course, a considerable portion of lecture materials can still be found in the 1st edition. Therefore it is acceptable to use the 1st edition if you can find a used copy. Sufficient copies of the new 2nd edition text are available in the Campus Bookstore. A considerable portion of the lecture materials will be related, but not limited to the textbook.
A study manual will be available with a norminal fee. We will make the arrangement for you to purchase the manual.  
Copies of textbook will be put on reserve in the library in a couple of weeks.