Bi 145 Animal Physiology - 1998

Assigned reading for this course will include the following:
1) All of "The Pathway for Oxygen" by Weibel
2) Chapters 4, 10, 12, 13, & 14, and parts of Chapters 15 and 16 of "Eckert Animal Physiology" by Randall et al. If you have not yet taken Bi 150, Chapter 11 and other portions of this text explaining membrane excitability and nervous system function will probably also be useful.
3) Additional materials assigned or handed out throughout the course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to complete 9 assignments: 6 problem sets, and 3 short research reports.
Final grade determination will be based on problem sets (70%), and papers (30%).

Due dates for these assignments:

Problem set #1 (1,2) 10/8 (10 AM) 10%
Problem set #2 (3-5) 10/15 (10 AM) 10%
Problem set #3 (6-8) 10/27 (1 PM) 10%
Paper #1 11/3 10%
Problem set #4 (9-13) 11/10 (1 PM) 15%
Paper #2 11/17 10%
Problem set #5 (15-20) 11/24 (1 PM) 15%
Problem set #6 (21-24) 12/3 (10 AM) 10%
Paper #3 12/10 (1 PM) 10%

Please turn in your work at the beginning of the class period. Work that is turned in after the scheduled class period is LATE and will earn a maximum credit of 50%, unless you have a formal medical excuse, etc. from the dean of students. Usually, the appropriate time to turn in late problem sets is at the time set for turning in the next problem set, so that we can get your notebook back to you in time to work on the following set.

Specifics :

1) Problem sets . The TA for this course, --------, will be responsible for helping you with the problems and evaluating your work.
All of your work, including preliminary attempts, should be done in a hard-bound notebook (preferably the standard quad ruled "Comp book"), except for work done on a computer, in which case appropriate printouts of programming and results should be permanently pasted or taped into your notebook. You may discuss the problems with other members of the class and with the TA, but you are not allowed to look at another student's notebook. In other words, you can collaborate to figure out how to do the problems, but then you should work out the final version of each problem yourself. (Exception. After each problem set has been graded and returned to you, the restriction on looking at that section of another student's notebook is eliminated.) You may collaborate on construction of computer programs; in that case you should include a note that clearly defines your contributions to the program (if any).
For many of these problems, you will need data or information that are not given on the problem sheets. In such cases, you should explain, in your problem notebook, where you obtained the necessary information, or how you estimated missing parameters.

2) Research reports.

Each of these reports should be about 2 pages (500 words), and based on a recent (published in 1997 or 1998) research paper (not a review article) that you find in the physiological literature. Basically, I want an expanded abstract that explains the work and its significance to a more general audience, using the knowledge that you have gained in Bi 145.
The reports are expected to be your own work. Preferably, you should not discuss the paper with another student who happens to choose the same, or a closely related, paper. If you do have such discussions, you must provide me with a note explaining that.

The subjects for the reports should be:

1) muscle.
2) mechanisms involved in oxygen supply to a particular body tissue or organ.
3) regulation of either cell volume or arterial pressure.