BIOB32H – Animal Physiology Laboratory
“This course examines physiological mechanisms that control and coordinate the function of various systems
within the body. The laboratory exercises examine properties of digestive enzymes, characteristics of blood,
pharmacological regulation of heart rate, kidney function, nerve function and action potentials, synaptic
transmission, skeletal muscle function and mechanoreception.”
Instructor: Kenneth Welch, Ph.D.
Office: SW521C; Office Hours: Mondays/Wednesdays 3‐4 PM
E‐mail: [email protected]
Note: I will ONLY respond to BIOB32‐related e‐mails sent to this e‐mail address from an
official U. Toronto e‐mail address. E‐mails received after normal hours (9‐5) will NOT be
answered until the next weekday.
Joanne Pearce and Christopher Armstrong, SW322
Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course. Many of the topics covered in this course are basic
physiological principles that are the same in humans and other animals. Eckert’s Animal
Physiology (Randall, Burggren and French) is available for purchase in the book store. However,
any recent (last 2‐3) edition of a human or animal physiology textbook such as Silverthorn (used
in BGYB30; the pre‐requisite for this course), Comparative Animal Physiology (Withers),
Principles of Animal Physiology (Moyes and Schulte) and Animal Physiology (Hill, Wyse and
Anderson) will give most of the pertinent information. I will place copies of some of these
various animal physiology textbooks on reserve in the library.
Note: I will provide suggested readings for upcoming lectures from the latest edition of the
Ekert’s Animal Physiology Textbook. You are responsible for determining the relevant section to
review from other textbooks.
Lectures: Monday 11 AM ‐ 12 PM, Room HW216 th
The first lecture will be on January 10 and will introduce the course material.
Lecture Notes: Outlines of the lecture notes (the Power Point slides) will be posted on the course intranet site
24 hours prior to (when possible), or immediately after, the lecture. Please let me know if there
are any problems accessing these notes. If the lecture is not present on the site, it is not yet
ready. This does not constitute an ‘access problem’, so please don’t contact me because it is not
yet up. I assure you I will post lecture notes as soon as I can. Only an outline of the lecture notes
will be posted. Students are expected to do some note‐taking during lecture.
Material covered during lectures and in laboratory exercises/manuals as well as the basic
biology knowledge underlying a complete understanding of lecture/lab topics will form the
subject matter for tests/quizzes.
Section Day Time Room TA
1 Monday 1‐4 PM SW321 Lei Gu
2 Monday 1‐4 PM SW323 Maral Yazdandoost
3 Tuesday 11 AM‐2 PM SW321 Richard Babb
4 Tuesday 2‐5 PM SW321 Lanna Desantis
5 Tuesday 2‐5 PM SW323 Sajeni Mahalingam
6 Wednesday 11 AM‐2 PM SW323 Ruth Warre
7 Wednesday 2‐5 PM SW321 Dean Koucoulas
8 Wednesday 2‐5 PM SW323 Ruth Warre
9 Thursday 1‐4 PM SW321 Amy Tsung
10 Thursday 1‐4 PM SW323 Dean Koucoulas
Note: Your TA is the first person you should turn to for answers about questions having anything having to do
with the lab. They know your lab section and the details of what happened in lab that week even when the
instructor doesn’t. Questions about the lecture or exams, etc., should be directed towards the instructor.
Available through the intranet https://intranet.utsc.utoronto.ca/. If you do not currently have
access to the intranet, use the link on the intranet home page to activate your account. I will
post a regularly‐updated FAQ with an anonymous list of all general‐interest questions submitted
You should check the course homepage weekly for announcements, and the homepage should
be your first stop for general information about the course material and assignments.
Lab Manual: Available online. You will need to download and read the manual for each week’s lab PRIOR TO
attending the lab so that you understand what is expected of you in each laboratory session.
Materials: You are required to thrchase a lab coat and a lab book (for recording your work) before the
week of January 17 . Disposable gloves are provided.
Lab rules: Provincial law states that the wearing of lab coats while inside the labs in mandatory at all times.
There is to be no food or drink (including water bottles) inside the labs. There will be periodic
inspections to ensure these rules are followed. Those not complying will be removed from the
Attendance: Attendance at both lectures and laboratories is mandatory.
Missing ONE lab (without prior legitimate excuse) will significantly affect participation grade.
Except under the rarest and most extreme circumstance, missing TWO or MORE labs (with OR
without excuse) will result in student NOT PASSING the course.
If you are 10 or more minutes late to lab you will be considered absent for the whole lab. Do
NOT ask TA for special exemptions. They are following Dr. Welch’s explicit instructions.