NWI-BM010C
Adaptation Physiology of Animals
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BM010C
Credits (ECTS)3
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
Lecturer(s)
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Coordinator
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
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Examiner
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
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Lecturer
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
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Lecturer
dr. P.H.M. Klaren
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Academic year2023
Period
KW1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
The student can describe a selection of the following concepts and notions using his/her own words and with examples:
  1. The role of adaptation and acclimation in Darwin's theory of evolution;
  2. A “Panglossian paradigm”, the difference between an adaptation and an exaptation (according to Gould);
  3. How energy metabolism and thermal biology impact physiology
  4. How thermal biology impacts ecophysiology
  5. The concept of allostasis, or “constancy through change”
  6. The genetic basis of morphological and behavioural evolution
Content
This series of lectures focuses on organismal physiology: regulatory mechanisms in the intact animal are addressed (Integrative Physiology). The central theme is how animals (including humans) have adapted to realise a dynamic interaction and to cope with continuously changing environmental conditions. Homeostatic and allostatic principles are discussed.
The course content is centered around the themes:
  • Adaptation and evolution
  • Temperature adaptation
  • Allostasis
  • Phenotypic plasticity
When appropriate, topics that received attention in recent papers and science sections of news papers will be addressed.

Instructional Modes
  • Lectures
  • Self-study
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Acquaintance with the content of the Bachelor courses Animal Physiology, Animal Adaptation Phyiology and Endocrinology is highly recommended, but not a strict requirement.
Test information
Test (Cirrus) (100%) consists of a selection of open and MC questions on covered topics.
Specifics
 
Instructional modes
Course occurrence

Tests
Digi-Cirrus
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2