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BIO2242 - Animal structure and function

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Richard Reina


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


We examine the unifying relationship between animal form and function and the need for animals to meet common requirements in order to survive and reproduce. For example, animals need to feed; carry out metabolic processes; reproduce; coordinate activities in order to respond as a unitary whole. We examine, using animal examples, how meeting these requirements represents numerous problems for animals and how different adaptations have favoured different solutions. Concepts and theories developed during lectures are expanded and further developed in interactive practical classes where animal and model examples are used to illustrate and promote discussion.


On completion of this unit, students will understand the unifying relationship between animal functional anatomy, physiology and behaviour in terms of meeting common requirements needed to survive and reproduce; understand the concept that such requirements are met by equivalent functional systems in animals; understand the relationship between evolutionary derived changes in animal body plans and life styles and the diversity of these functional systems that exist in animals; encounter a range of living and preserved invertebrate and vertebrate animals and be able to relate selected body plans or structures with their function; have developed skills in library and field research, data and information gathering, collation and organisation suitable for the preparation of a scientific report; developed problem-solving skills in both individual and team setting; mastered basic laboratory techniques associated with examining and handling zoological specimens


Final theory exam (2 hours):35%
Final practical exam (2 hours):25%
Research project:20%
Miniquizzes and reports: 20%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical (or equivalent


BIO2231 or permission