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SLE315 - Marine Animal Physiology


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Luis Afonso

One of SLE204, SLE211, SLE219, SLE238, SLE265, SLE232, SLE255 or SLE221

Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 hour seminar per module will be delivered via CloudDeakin.


This unit focusses on the physiology of marine animals in the context of their environment. Examples are drawn from a range of taxa, with a focus on the challenging environments in which they live; such as polar regions, deep oceans, estuaries and the tropics. Topics include feeding and digestion, respiration, salt and water balance, temperature regulation, metabolism and animal size, locomotion and migration, and sensory organs.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Compare and contrast the general physiological principles of aquatic and terrestrial animals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Discriminate the physiological characteristics that enable various animals to live in various extreme environments

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Use online digital information and technology to create an audio-visual communication report

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy


Design and execute a physiological experiment and present a scientific style report

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Virtual seminar 20-minute PowerPoint presentation 40% Week 5
Online multiple choice tests  Four 30-minute online tests 20% (4 x 5%) Weeks 5, 8, 10 and 11
Project report Report 40% Week 9

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Moyes & Schulte, 2015, Principles of Animal Physiology, 3rd edition, Pearson Education.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SLE315 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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