Physiology of Aquatic Organisms

Course Code :2008WETOLA
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2018-2019
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:50
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Gudrun De Boeck

3. Course contents *

Animal physiology can be defined as the study of the function of animals and their constituent parts. The ultimate goal of this subject is to understand the mechanisms that operate in living organisms at all levels, ranging from cell to the whole organism. This goal is a very ambitious one, for each living organism, a single cell, is incredibly complex. Next students will find out what the results of evolutionary adaptation can be as we discuss some of the marvellous adaptations to extreme environments.

The chapters include:

  1. Introduction: Central themes in animal physiology
  2. Energetics of living cells
  3. Membranes, channels, transport
  4. Ionic and osmotic balance
  5. Gas exchange and acid base balance
  6. Hormonal control
  7. Energy metabolism, size and temperature