Spring 2023 - BISC 205 D100
Principles of Physiology (3)
Class Number: 5232
Delivery Method: In Person
An integrated exploration of animal and plant physiology, using principles from biology, physics, and chemistry to describe the underlying mechanisms and adaptations that support life. Systems include transport, metabolism, electrical & chemical signalling, sensing and responding. Students will build independent and collaborative skills in data analysis, scientific reasoning, and communication. Students who have taken BISC 305 or BISC 366 first may not then take this course for further credit.
COURSE SECTIONS AND TOPICS:
- Plant form and function relationships – from cells to trees
- Water and sugar transport in plants – how it works without pumps
- Plant nutrition – finding out what feed plants, so they can feed us
- How plants deal with photorespiration and why that’s important for feeding the world
- How plants perceive and adjust to their environments
- Chemical defenses in plants and their uses by humans
Animal Physiology Section
- Water and Electrolyte Balance in Animals
- Gas Exchange and Circulation
- Animal Nervous Systems
- Animal Sensory Systems
- Animal Movement
Commonalities in animal and plant cell and physiology mechanismsPlants and animals depend on the same laws of chemistry and physics and share a common ancestor. Term assignments on specific mechanisms will be used to find shared principles. Understanding these principles in turn will reduce the complexity of physiology and aid learning.
- • Midterm 1 25%
- • Midterm 2 25%
- • Tutorial presentation 15%
- • Assignments 20%
- • End of term assignment 15%
Grading Subject to Change.
Freeman, S., et.al (2018) Biological Science. 3rd Canadian Edition, Pearson, Canada (required)
**eBook is available as an alternative from www.vitalsource.com
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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