BIOEB506-22B (HAM)

Environmental Physiology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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Paper Description

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An examination of selected topics in environmental physiology, how animals and plants interact with their environment and influence ecological processes in natural and managed ecosystems.

This paper introduces students to animal and plant environmental physiology, the discipline that examines how organisms are adapted to and respond to their environment. Understanding the physiological responses of animals and plants to environmental stress can help explain higher level ecological questions, including the controls on their distribution, abundance, and productivity, and the responses of populations, communities and ecosystems to environmental change. Selected topics drawn from the contemporary literature may include adaptation to temperature, water and oxygen stress in animals and plants, relationships between organism size and metabolic processes, and interactions between organism functioning and global change. Critical evaluation of selected readings from the scientific literature will provide a theoretical framework for the selected topics and an introduction to recent research in those fields.


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Paper Structure

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Each topic will comprise an introduction to the subject followed by an examination of selected readings from the scientific literature. Students are expected to attend ALL lecture sessions and participate in class discussions.

The lecturer leading each topic will provide instructions and assign readings on Moodle prior to the seminar. Assessments include completion of a written review of a topic selected by the participant and that is relevant to the course, an oral presentation that summarises the review findings, two data analysis exercises linked to particular seminar topics, and a mock peer review of a paper selected by each participant.

The prerequisites for this paper are BSc.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of general concepts in animal and plant environmental physiology, including the integration of physiological systems.
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  • Apply scientific method and critical reasoning skills as a way of understanding how animals and plants are challenged by and adapt to extreme environments.
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  • Review and critique empirical and review papers from the scientific literature
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  • Develop good oral and written communication of scientific research and be able to write a critical review of a specified topic in the ecophysiology of plants or animals
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Data analysis 1
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Data analysis 2
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Paper critique
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Oral Presentation
10
  • Presentation: In Class
5. Literature Review
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Seminar Participation
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Readings from selected scientific journals will be provided via the Moodle course page.
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of prescribed readings, lecture notes and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. Your essay assignments must be submitted through Moodle.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.


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Workload

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10 hours per week (2 hour seminar + 8 hours independent study).


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Restricted papers: BIOL571 or BIOL576

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