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Environmental Animal Physiology 2010-11

Semester 2
Prof Alex Y. K. Ip .Professor Alex Y K Ip (Environmental and Molecular Physiology Laboratory) Department of Biological Sciences Blk S1A ROOM: 05 – 15A TEL: 6516-2702 Email: dbsipyk@nus.

Objectives • Know the basic physiological processes occurring in animals • Understand how these basic physiological processes are integrated in animals to enable them to live in a variety of environment • How environmental changes affect the physiology of and adaptation in animals .

and excretory nitrogen metabolism 9. Ozone.Adaptations to a lack of food. Hypoxia adaptations: anaerobic energy metabolism 7. Terrestrial adaptations: iono. desiccation and temperature extremes . Introduction 2. Adaptations to temperature changes and thermoregulation 10. Word’s atmosphere: past and present 3. Aquatic adaptations: salinity and pH 8.and osmo-regulation. Adaptations to breathing in water or land: respiration. UV radiation and oxidative stress 4. O2. Vitamin C and water-land transition 5. CO2 and pH 6.Topics 1.

desert adapted mammals and insects Physiological divergence – closely related organisms adapted to different environment e.Environmental Animal Physiology • Effects of environmental conditions/changes on the physiology of different species of animals or a single species Physiological convergence – distantly related organisms adapted to similar environment e.g. brackish water and marine teleost • • . freshwater.g.

4 hours each) practicals • 40% CA (20% test 1 + 20% test 2) • 60% Final exam .Workload • 26 hours lectures + 20 hours (5 practicals.

• It is important for you to read the articles and visit the websites. .Reading assignment • There are reading assignments for every topic. • Please go through the reading assignments before the lecture. if possible. You will score better in the exam if you go through them. • There are also reading assignments for the practicals.

Simple calculations and plotting of graphs are necessary in this module. CA and the final examination. .Assessment Continuous assessment – 40% Test 1 (20%) Test 2 (20%) Final Examination – 60% 1 question – 25% (Compulsory) 3 (out of 4) questions – 75%. Make sure you have a calculator and remember to bring along during practicals. or some MCQ Exam questions may be set in relation to the practicals.

Don’t sleep during class.How to do well in LSM3262? 1. Ask questions during class. Take concise notes. 3. 2. . Don’t just memorize but try to understand. 4.

Important Dates • March 2 –Test 1) • April 6 – Test 2 • Wednesday.Exam . April 27 (5pm).

Regurgitation Spoon feeding Memorizing Receptive mode Copying Vs Thinking Search mode Analyzing evaluating Questioning Synthesizing Reflecting .

Integrate/connect information Organize/connect information Select/filter information Collect information .

doubt To search and weigh evidence To reject those parts of it that don’t stand scrutiny .Learning is not passive listening To understand the topic To reformulate material To use it To analyse it. filter if necessary To re-structure it. build connections To question it.