BIO1711 - Vertebrate biology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Gippsland School of Applied Science and Engineering


Dr Wendy Wright

Not offered in 2017


This unit aims to present normal physiological function of the major organ systems in vertebrates. The emphasis is on the study of discrete cell populations and organs within each system and the integration of these systems to meet the needs of the functioning organism. The relationship between structure and function is an underlying theme of the course. Laboratory and tutorial classes are divided into two streams: the human/ medical stream or the animal/ veterinary stream; students select the stream appropriate to their study program and interests.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Recognise the major anatomical features of the vertebrate body;
  2. Describe the normal physiological function of the major systems of vertebrates;
  3. Describe the behaviour of individual cell populations within each of these systems;
  4. Discuss the integration of the activities of individual cell population to create a functioning system;
  5. Understand the control mechanisms which operate within each system and within the functioning organism;
  6. Measure physiological responses under a range of experimental conditions and choose appropriate reference material to interpret these responses.


Mid-semester test (theory): 25%

End-of-semester test (theory): 45%

Practical work (assessed by attitude and performance in the lab and by laboratory reports submitted throughout the semester): 30%

Hurdle requirement: A pass in both theory and practical work is mandatory to pass this subject.

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial per week, plus eight 3-hour laboratory exercises every semester

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

OCL students complete laboratory component using home experimental kits. Optional weekend schools also offered.

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