Animal Form and Function - BIOS5460

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Frances Mansfield checkmark-circle


You study the diversity of animal life throughout evolution, including elements of functional anatomy and physiology such as circulation and gaseous exchange, the digestive system, the nervous system and reproduction.

A. Comparative physiology - in this section the diversity of different physiological systems will be studied including circulation, gaseous exchange, feeding and digestion, excretion, nervous tissue and the senses, reproduction and immunology.
B. Form and Function - in this section a diverse range of taxonomic groups and their characteristics will be studied to understand the relationship between structure and function. How these characteristics equip the animal to survive and succeed in its particular environment will be explored.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 31
Private study hours: 119
Total study hours: 150


It is strongly recommended that you have taken the Core stage 1 modules within one of our Bioscience programmes.

Method of assessment

Practical report 1 (20%): Word count limit 2500 maximum
Practical report 2 (20%): Word count limit 2000 maximum
Exam, 2 hr (60%)

Indicative reading

Hickman, C.P., Roberts, L.S., Keen, S.L., Eisenhour, D.J., Larson, A., L'Anson, H. Integrated Principles of Zoology (17th Ed) (2017)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Describe body plans and the structural organisation of a range of animals.
Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological role of a range of structures in animals.
Compare physiological systems across the animal kingdom.
Describe how physiological systems adapt to specific environmental conditions.
Demonstrate a practical understanding of classification on the basis of external morphological features in the arthropods.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Analyse and communicate experimental findings.
Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
Integrate information from a variety of sources.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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