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Hibernation is a state which enables energy-efficient survival when ambient temperatures are so low that foraging or simply maintaining normal core body temperature and basal metabolic rate are either energetically too costly or impossible. The [course_title] will teach you about animals that hibernate, why hibernation is important and how it is done. This course examines hibernation, a special form of adaptation that animals can make to the ecological demands of remaining in a chosen habitat in winter.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Open Learn

Course Curriculum

Introduction 00:05:00
Hibernation and torpor An introduction 00:20:00
The nature and extent of hibernation and torpor in endotherms 00:20:00
Characteristics of hibernation behaviour 00:20:00
Physiological adaptations – molecules and cells 00:20:00
Physiological adaptations – respiration and energy provision 00:20:00
Control systems 00:20:00
Conclusion 00:05:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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