- To provide a course of basic comparative physiology, introducing students to the principles of normal biological function in a wide range of organisms;
- To prepare students for subsequent biological courses that require an understanding of the physiology of organisms;
- To show how animals and plants maintain an internal steady state, how they acquire and dispose of nutrients and how they detect and respond to changes in their environments;
- To outline the physiology of bacteria and fungi;
- To investigate the evolution of physiological mechanisms in vertebrates, and the influence that body size has on physiology;
- To develop practical biological skills.
At the end of the course students should:
- Have an enhanced knowledge and appreciation of the physiology of organisms;
- Be able to develop cogent and critical arguments based on the course material;
- Be able to perform, analyse and report on experiments and observations in physiology;
- Be able to integrate related topics from separate parts of the course.