Courses & Units

Functional Biology of Animals KZA212



KZA212 Functional Biology of Animals is required in the Zoology major and provides a broad training in fundamental aspects of Zoology. With KPZ211, the unit forms an essential basis for specialist studies in Zoology at level 3 the advanced level. This unit focuses on developing students' understanding of functional anatomy and comparative animal physiology from an evolutionary perspective. Lectures include: physiological integration and control, comparative physiology of circulation, respiration, excretion and osmoregulation, and energy flow through systems. Practical classes aim to develop skills in observation, data collection and analysis, oral and written communication, and an appreciation of the comparative approach to the study of physiological adaptations in animals. The practical format will be varied, involving some independent learning activities, and students will be required have the opportunity to participate in group work.


Unit name Functional Biology of Animals
Unit code KZA212
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Ashley Edwards
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • explain the functioning of the major physiological systems and their adaptive significance in animals
  • communicate using a range of formats relevant to scientists and non-scientists
  • collect scientific data/evidence and use it to describe aspects of animal physiology or solve problems
  • demonstrate competence and awareness of safety and ethics issues across a range of laboratory and practical skills

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



KZA161 Biology of Animals


Teaching Pattern

2 hours of lectures per week and a 3-hour practical each week (13 weeks)

AssessmentDiscussion paper (15%)|Narrated slides (15%)|Open book practical test (15%)|Popular science magazine article (15%)|Final Examination (40%)
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“Animal Physiology’ by Hill, Wyse and Anderson, second had or older copies are acceptable, library and electronic copies also an option.

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