Animal Physiology
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Animal Physiology
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Ivan Kuprijanov (Estonian)
Course aims
To give an overview of physiological processes in animals, their diversity in animal kingdom and connections to ecophysiology.
Brief description of the course
Topics in lectures: animal nervous system and sensory organ adaptations; animal movement and its diversity; gas exchange in organisms; animal energetics, enery balance, feeding; thermoregulation and its adapations; water and salt regulation in animal organisms, animal endocrinal system; animal immune system
Independent work
Reviewing topics independently
Prepairing presentations on given topics.
Writing a paper on given topic and assessing it
Learning outcomes in the course
Student will be able to describe basic processes in animal physiology and bring examples on adaptations in connection with changes in animal physiology. Student will orientate in the diversity of physiological processes in animal kingdom. Student will be able to compare similar physiological processes in different animal groups and compare different ecophysiological adaptations with eachother. Student is able to compile a paper and find as well as orientate in scientific literature.
Assessment methods
Written test with open questions
lekt Ivan Kuprijanov PhD
Prerequisite course 1
Prerequisite course 2
Study literature
Willmer, P, Stone, G, Johnston, IA. 2009. Environmental Physiology of Animals. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hickman, C. P, Roberts L. S., 2008. Integrated Principles of Zoology, 14th ed. McGraw-Hill.
Replacement literature
Hill, RW., Wyse, GA., Anderson, M. 2008. Animal Physiology (2nd ed). Sinauer Associates.
Schmidt-Nielsen, K. Animal physiology : adaptation and environment. 1993. Cambridge University Press
Loomakasvatuse õpikutest kariloomade ja lindude füsioloogiat käsitlevad osad.
Miller. S. A, Harley, J. P. 2007. Zoology, 7th ed. McGraw-Hill.
Loomade ökofüsioloogia. Tartes, Vanatoa