Animal Science and Environmental Physiology

Module summary

Module code: VETE1027
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Steven Belmain / Abigail Rickard



Provide detailed overview on the relationships between environment and physiology, investigating the concept of adaptation and its physiological limitations. module will delve deeper into aspects of comparative physiology system operation, regulation, and integration in different environmental contexts. Structure/function relationships are stressed along with underlying physiological mechanisms.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Understand the organization of the basic physiological systems common across species.
2. Derive and understand the basic equations defining the physical operating characteristics of organ systems.
3. Use, present and interpret numerical data.
4. Summarise and discuss physiological differences in terms of environmental context and constraints.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the effect of different environments on physiological adaptation.

Indicative content

In physiology you'll be exposed to different sorts of scenarios and will be required to make and reflect on your reasoned judgements. This will require you to draw on your knowledge and justify your conclusions from this underlying knowledge and further research. In both assessments you'll demonstrate your generic writing competencies with clear formatting, spelling and grammar, and write with a well-reasoned narrative.

Teaching and learning activity

The module will be delivered by means of leactures and seminars supported by Moodle Virtual Learning Environment.


Essay - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes: 1, 4, 5.
Word Length: 1500 words.

Examination - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 5.
Outline Details - 1.5 hour unseen exam.

Formative Assessment: Mock exam questions during revision session; workshops during seminars.