UCSC BIO 131 - Animal Physiology Syllabus

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Animal Physiology Syllabus COURSE INFORMATION Class Animal Physiology BIO131 Dates Summer Session 2 July 29 August 30 Times Wednesday Friday 9am 12 30pm Location Coastal Biology Building CBB Room 115 Course Website Canvas http canvas ucsc edu under Course BIOE 131 Laboratory There is an optional 2 credit lab BIO131L Wednesday and Friday from 1 4pm associated with this course It is not required but it will reinforce the material and concepts Instructor Dr Sarah Kienle INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION Contact Information Emailing skienle ucsc edu or coming by my office CBB 172 are the best ways to reach me You can expect a response to emails within 24 hours except on weekends Office Hours Thursday 1 3pm in CBB 172 and by request appointment Students are highly encouraged to attend office hours You are welcome to attend with specific questions in mind or to talk about physiology TA Ross Nichols Contact Information Email rcnichol ucsc edu TA Office Hours Tuesday 2 4pm in COH 149 and by request appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION Course Description Animal physiology is the study of how animals work In this course we will learn about the structures and functions that allow animals to adapt and survive in different ecosystems around the world We will incorporate principles of animal behavior ecology and evolution to understand the mechanisms that drive and influence different physiological adaptations We will analyze concepts that span multiple levels of organizations from cells and organ systems to whole organisms and species level processes Throughout this course we will explore and compare the physiological adaptations of animals coping with different environmental challenges In addition to the content we will cover this course will help you develop as a scientist Goals for the scientific skills you will learn and practice in this course include creating and interpreting graphs critically reading and understanding scientific papers observing patterns creating figures to convey scientific concepts and reviewing and critiquing scientific work Learning Outcomes By the end of this course students will be able to 1 Identify and explain the basic physiological processes e g energetics thermoregulation sensory systems that allow animals to survive in different habitats 2 Apply the scientific method to studies of animal physiology by conceiving and designing an experimental approach for studying specific physiological processes 3 Improve scientific literacy by critically evaluating scientific literature and articulating the key questions hypotheses methods results and conclusions 4 Evaluate and compare different approaches for applying physiological principles to practical applications in the lab and field to answer physiological questions e g guest lectures 5 Collaborate with peers to communicate and share scientific ideas using appropriate 6 Connect physiological principles to other scientific disciplines e g ecology behavior 7 Develop learning strategies for mastering scientific principles that can be applied to other scientific language morphology classes and contexts Required Materials Animal Physiology 3rd or 4th edition Hill Wyse and Anderson o Book can be purchased or rented online Copies of the book have been reserved at the Science and Engineering Library Copies of the book are also in my office and are available to borrow during office hours or by appointment Handouts reading materials scientific papers that will be uploaded on Canvas for you to download Note taking supplies including pen pencil and paper Laptops iPads are allowed for note taking although you ll still need the aforementioned pencil pen and paper COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING Assignment Weights Participation 15 Assignments weekly reflections in class activities homework etc 20 Daily quizzes 7 25 Exam 1 midterm 20 Exam 2 final 20 97 100 A 87 89 B 77 79 C 60 69 D 94 96 A 84 86 B 74 76 C 60 F no course credit 90 93 A 80 83 B 70 73 C Grading Rubric Course Outline July 31 Aug 2 7 Aug Aug 9 Aug 14 Aug 16 Aug 21 Aug 23 Aug 28 Aug 30 1 2 3 4 5 Week Date Day Topics Activities Readings F Thermoregulation Ch 10 W Reproduction Exam 1 Exam 1 Ch 17 W Course Introduction How Animals Work Energetics Part 1 F Energetics Part 2 W Nutrition Feeding and Digestion F Sensory Systems W F Muscles and Exercise Physiology Circulation and Diving Physiology Ch 1 Ch 7 skim Pagano 2018 paper Ch 6 Ch 14 skim Strobel 2018 paper Ch 20 Ch 25 skim Ch 26 Quiz 1 Guest lecture Weekly reflection Quiz 2 Guest lecture Quiz 3 Guest lecture Weekly reflection Review for Exam 1 Quiz 4 Guest lecture Weekly reflection Quiz 5 Guest lecture Quiz 6 Guest lecture Weekly reflection Quiz 7 Review W Respiration and Excretion Ch 23 27 F Exam 2 Exam 2 Course reflection Please note that the syllabus may change at any time throughout the course The most up to date information will always be posted on Canvas Participation Assignments Quizzes Exams In this class you are expected to actively engage in the class and with the material This includes coming to class prepared for the day s activities asking questions engaging with the guest lecturers participating in the in class activities and being respectful and kind to everyone in the classroom If you need to miss a lecture please let the instructor know as soon as possible It is your responsibility to catch up on the material you missed During each lecture there will be numerous opportunities to review and practice the concepts and skills you will be learning in this class These activities will include think pair shares group work weekly reflections and writing exercises These assignments will be opportunities for you to actively engage with the material in many ways Most of them will be done and turned in during class ex weekly reflections There will be a short quiz at the start of each lecture The quizzes are study aids that are meant to keep you from falling behind in the material and to help you identify what topics you need to study more The quizzes will primarily focus on the material covered in the most recent lecture but any material that has been covered up to that point is fair game Quizzes should take less than 15 minutes to complete Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of class If you are late and miss the quiz you will not be able to retake it without prior approval excused absence The lowest quiz grade will be dropped There will be two exams during this course Exams will include a mixture of questions types


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