2007/08 Academic Year
This course will discuss fundamental units of animal regulatory systems, with an emphasis on the physiological adaptations of
animals to their environment. Topics to be covered in lecture include nervous and endocrine control systems, muscle function and
movement, circulation, respiration and excretion. Laboratories complement the lectures, providing an opportunity to put theory
into practice while gaining hands-on experience in experimental techniques.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2200 and BIOL 2001
Lecture Topics (2005-2006) will include:
♦ Neuronal control
o passive and active properties of neuronal tissue
o the action potential, nerve conduction and synaptic transmission
o integration mechanisms, sensory physiology
♦ Muscle structure and function
o organization of muscles, muscle types
o sliding filament theory of muscle contraction
o force-tension relationships, neuromuscular interactions
♦ Ion and water balance
o renal and extrarenal mechanisms of osmoregulation
o feedback and control of water and pH balance.
♦ Respiration and circulation
o cardiopulmonary (hemodynamics) dynamics
o respiratory pigments
o variation seen in the animal kingdom
Where and When?
Lectures are Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:35 to 9:55 AM in Tory Building Room 360.
Laboratories are held daily Monday to Friday from 1:35 to 5:25 PM in Tory Building Room 116.
Dr. Jeff W. Dawson Glen W. Kit (Lab Co-ordinator)
Room 239 –Nesbitt Biology Building Room 424 Tory Building
Phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 3881 520-2600 ext. 3891
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Office hours: Wed. & Fri. 10:00-11:00 AM Office hours: TBA
Consultations and Special Arrangements
Please feel free to contact me if you have any problems or questions about the lectures or laboratories. I encourage email for brief
questions and direct contact (i.e. come and see me) for more involved questions. I can’t promise I will be in my office (or
available) if you just drop by, so if it’s important or you are pressed for time, please phone or email to set an appointment.
Students who require special arrangements or accommodation should contact the Paul Menton Centre for Students with
Disabilities as soon as possible (i.e. not on the eve of a test and ideally during the first few weeks of classes).
http://www.carleton.ca/pmc. The Paul Menton Centre has a deadline of November 9, 2007 for registration for accommodation for
the final exam. Dr. Dawson can not accommodate special requests for the final examination – you must coordinate this with the
Paul Menton Centre.
If you require accommodation because of religious obligations, contact me as soon as possible (during the first week of classes).
You should contact Glen Kit (the Lab Co-ordinator) for accommodation for laboratories. Consult the laboratory manual for
specific information about the laboratory, scheduling of labs and requirements for laboratory assignments. Information about the
lab exam will be provided closer to the end of term.
Laboratory demonstrators are only available for consultation during lab/seminar periods or by arrangement outside the lab period.
Your demonstrator may/will give you contact information during your first laboratory period.
Textbook and Readings
The textbook for this course is:
Randall, D. et al. Eckert Animal Physiology: Mechanisms and Adaptations (5th Ed).
This is the most suitable textbook for this course. Earlier editions will be sufficient.
Call number (4th edition): QP31.2.R36 1997
Copies have been placed on reserve in the library.
An additional consideration (entirely optional) is:
Moore, J.W. and Stuart, A, E. (Version 2) Neurons in Action: Tutorials and Simulations using NEURON.
For those of you particularly interested in neuroscience, you will find this a valuable source of information and tutorials
(A CD-ROM is included). As term progresses, I will provide you with optional exercises you can complete using the
NEURON simulator to complement lecture material.
You will, however, find the following textbooks valuable sources of information. This is not an exhaustive list – I encourage you
to discover other useful resources on your own. On occasion I may distribute handouts and recommend certain articles for specific
lecture topics; I will make these available to you for photocopying at the appropriate time.
Moyes, C.D. and Schulte, P.M. Principles of Animal Physiology
A new book (2006); one I seriously considered as an alternative to Eckert.
Call number: Not in our library yet.
Willmer, P. et al. Environmental Physiology of Animals
An excellent book organized around environmental adaptations.
More molecular detail, but scattered throughout the book
Call number: QP82 .W48 2000
Component % Comment
Term Test 1 10 Wednesday October 10, in class
Term Test 2 10 Friday November 2, in class
Seminar Presentation 10
Informal Assignments 10 4 X 2.5% each
Final Lab Report 15 Due Monday December 3 by 12:00 PM (1%/hr late penalty).
Lab Performance 5
Final Lab Exam 10 Week of November 26, 2006. Details TBA
Final Exam 30 Covers mainly lecture material but some laboratory material
Will be scheduled by the Registrar / Exams Office (schedule is
available on or after October 20, 2006. DO NOT MAKE
TRAVEL PLANS UNTIL YOU KNOW YOUR FINAL
The format of the term tests and the final examination will be short answer / short essay. Diagrams are encouraged. Correct
spelling of important terms is always expected. The term tests are not cumulative. The final exam (which is cumulative) will
cover both lecture and laboratory material. Additional details of the tests and final examination will be announced in lecture.
If you write both term tests and pass both term tests then I will take the best of the two tests as your term test grade (20%),
otherwise, both tests will count (10% each). There will be no make-up tests. If you are unable to write a test at the scheduled
time, you must contact me as soon as possible (i.e. before the test) – proper medical documentation will be the only accepted
reason for missing a term test.
Details of laboratory exercises, policies, laboratory safety, etc. can be found in the laboratory manual available for purchase from
Science Stores (Room 118 Stacie Building) during the first week of labs. Laboratory coats (and safety glasses which are
encouraged but not required) are also available at Science Stores.
Notice that half of your final grade (50% of your course mark) will depend on your performance in the laboratory. This reflects
the importance of gaining practical (hands-on) skills to the study of animal physiology. Further, to emphasize the importance of
understanding the laboratory material, you will be required to submit informal reports for four of the five wet-lab exercises you
complete and a formal lab report for the remaining exercise. Details of what is to be included in these reports can be found in the
laboratory manual and will be clarified by your demonstrator and lab co-ordinator. The purpose of these informal assignments is
to demonstrate your understanding of physiological principles and system under study in the exercise. Note also that the
laboratory exam will be worth as much as all your informal assignments combined and as much as your seminar grade.
Preparation for your laboratories is therefore essential to success in this course.
Important Academic Dates:
September 4 (Tues) Fall term begins.
September 6 (Thur) Fall term classes begin.
September 21 (Fri) Last day for registration.
Last day to change courses or sections for fall/winter and fall term courses.
October 5 (Fri) University Day at Carleton. Undergraduate classes suspended.
October 8 (Mon) Statutory holiday, University closed.
November 9 (Fri) Last day to withdraw from fall term courses.
Last day to submit, to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities,
Formal Examination Accommodation Forms for December examinations.
November 19 (Mon) Last day for tests or examinations in courses below the 4000-level before the
final examination period.
December 3 (Mon) Last day of fall term classes.
Fall term ends.
Last day for handing in term assignments for fall term courses, subject to any
earlier course deadline.
December 6-22 Examination period.
** Don’t make travel plans until you know your final exam schedule!
Intellectual honesty is the cornerstone of the development and acquisition of knowledge, and requires that that the contribution of
others be acknowledged. Consequently, plagiarism, or cheating on any assignment, is regarded as an extremely serious academic
offence. Students should examine the sections in the University Calendar that address these issues.
Plagiarism is the presentation, in any form, of another person's writings, images or ideas as your own work, without expressly
giving credit to that person. Placing a sentence or paragraph from another person's work into your report without a proper
reference is plagiarism. In addition, directly using the wording of another person as your own, even with a reference, is
unacceptable. Use of source material requires that you interpret it and put it into your own words, as well as citing the source.
Direct quotations are occasionally appropriate but must be clearly indicated with quotation marks or offsetting, and referenced, and
should be used sparingly in science. Using a diagram photocopied or scanned from a book or downloaded from the internet,
without a proper reference, is also plagiarism. You must include the source.
Plagiarism is a serious offense and is subject to University policy regarding Instructional Offenses (see the section on Academic
Standing and Conduct in the front of the Undergraduate Calendar). If there is evidence of plagiarism, then a mark of F will be
given on the report. Any questions regarding this should be brought to my attention.