Students are able to recognize and describe the morphological, physiological and biochemical adaptations, which allow animals to survive when environmental conditions change either over evolutionary time scales or even daily. For course assignments, students practice information retrieval from scientific sources, and written and oral communication.
Period III-IV / The course is taught every other year (even years), and alternatively can be taken as book exam (also BIO-404) every year.
The topics include adaptations and acclimations of homeothermic and poikilothermic animals when challenged by changes in environmental temperature, oxygen level or osmotic conditions. The role of water is addressed e.g. by studying the adaptations needed by mammals living in aquatic versus hot and dry terrestrial habitats. In addition, the importance of adjusting animal physiology to fluctuating environmental conditions by short and long-term biological rhythms is studied.
The students need to participate (min 70%) in the lectures and group presentations (36 h), write one summary (max 1 page) based on a review article, participate in preparing and presenting of one student group presentation (15 min), and pass the final exam. The work required on own time is about 100 h. Alternatively the course is passed by taking thr book exam.
About 15 scientific review articles chosen and summarised by the students for the whole class are studied for the exam. Alternative book exam (also BIO-404): Somero GN, Lockwood BL and Tomanek L (1. edition, 2017) Biochemical Adaptation — Response to environmental challenges from life’s origins to the anthropocene.
Grading 0-5 is based on the final exam for which the lectures and presentations given by the teachers or students, and also the student summaries of review articles are studied. The points given for each exam task are detailed on the Moodle page of the course. The alternative book exam is graded 0-5.
In English (provided as optional course for both master and bachelor students) but the exam can be taken also in Finnish and Swedish.
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