BIOL12112 - Animal and Plant Physiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Animal and Plant Physiology you will study the basic functioning of plants and animals. You will explore a number of major themes in biology including the integral relationship between structure and function, the maintenance of homeostasis and the principles of evolution and adaptation. You will examine major functions of living organisms such as locomotion, nutrition, respiration, circulation and reproduction. In the practical component you will gain hands-on experience of relevant laboratory and field procedures.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory


ENVR11014 Environmental Monitoring

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Attendance Requirements

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Lecturer
Moodle navigation could be improved.
Better organize the moodle site to better indicate readings and when quizzes are due.
Action Taken
This was done and students are pleased with the results. The use of tiles may have also improved student satisfaction with moodle. Removing non-assessment items from the Assessment block is helpful as well.
Source: Student
Slides and lectures very thorough and well laid out. Lots of content to go over each week but always manage to make it not seem like too much info at once. Fortnightly quizzes help with the continuation of learning and very useful.
The unit coordinator will continue to improve lectures by adding relevant, timely and engaging content. Fortnightly quizzes will continue.
Action Taken
We will continue to update and deliver the content. We will maintain the fortnightly quizzes.
Source: Have your Say
Assessment return time for the essay.
Return student essays and feedback in the two-week timeframe.
Action Taken
Source: Have your Say
Students enjoyed being team taught by Drs Irving and English, each of us bringing a passion for animal and plant physiology, respectively.
Continue to team teach and look for ways to improve or increase topical teaching in this and other units to highlight each lecturer's passion for their research topic.
Action Taken
Source: Have your Say
Students asked for the return of the mythical creature assessment as an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, creativity and critical thinking skills.
Consider returning the Mythical Creature assessment in place of the report.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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