Courses & Units

Functional Biology of Animals KZA212




KZA212 Functional Biology of Animals is one of two core second year Zoology units providing a broad training in fundamental aspects of zoology, and with KPZ211, forms an essential basis for specialist studies in Zoology at level 3. 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 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 Zoology
Coordinator Doctor Ashley Edwards
Teaching staff Professor Elissa Cameron|Doctor Scott Carver
Available as student elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
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 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the major physiological systems and their adaptive significance in animals
  • communicate effectively using a range of formats relevant to scientists and non scientists
  • accurately collect scientific data/evidence and use it to solve problems
  • demonstrate competence in a range of laboratory and practical skills
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010915 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Admission into a Masters course OR KZA161 Biology of Animals


Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentOpen book practical test (20%)|Final Examination (50%)|Report (20%)|Report (10%)
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