BI1EAB1-Animal Diversity

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Please note there are limited places available on this module
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Callaghan


Summary module description:

Through lectures and practical sessions this course will provide an introduction to the animals. Students will develop basic zoological knowledge during this module including understanding the importance of taxonomy and phylogeny, the importance of identification and diversity to conservation biology and an opportunity to study palaeontology. The course will help students develop zoology specific skills such as use of keys and recognizing features that classify animals into phyla. The course takes students through the diversity of animal life, from simple sponges through to the vertebrates. It is further supported in the Spring Term by a module on mammals. It provides a taxonomic foundation on which to lay future studies of invertebrate and vertebrate zoology in part 2 and will help students to appreciate the diversity of animals they will see on their field courses at the end of part 1.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand the correct method to classify organisms and write species names.
2. Describe the different geological eras post-life and compare fossil invertebrates with extant animals.
3. Use a binomial taxonomic key and binocular microscope to identify animals and be able to identify the "big nine" animal phyla.
4. Have an overview of animal diversity.
5. Have developed an overview of the tree of life.
6. Develop a basic understanding of the anatomy and function of molluscs, sea stars and vertebrates.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
A series of lectures will be used to cover all the major animal phyla and details of animals in the phyla chordata (AC, GJH, IJ, BN). These will tie in directly to modules in part 2 or 3. The idea is to give students a taste of the upcoming modules and hopefully to be able to put modules into the context of the wider subject. Lectures will be supported by the use of laboratory practicals. Students will have practical classes on paleontology using the Cole Museum's newly acquired fossil collection, experience dissection of invertebrates, the use of microscopes and binomial keys to identify insects and access to the Cole Zoology collection to study vertebrate anatomy.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two 50 minute lectures each week, scheduled independent learning sessions in the museum and practical sessions either in class or laboratory (these may be replicated depending on student numbers). Students will acquire additional information from directed reading allied to the lecture material.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Guided independent study 60
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Four practicals (5% each), two practicals (15% each) and an MCQ test in the final week (50%).

Formative assessment methods:
There will be a one hour practical session in the first week.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    No examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: In compliance with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 1992 Act, while studying this module students will be expected to wear the following item/s: Lab coat/Safety glasses/Safety gloves. The Department/School can provide students with safety gloves for free but students should purchase a lab coat at a cost of £12 and safety glasses at a cost of £3. These can be used for multiple modules over the course of your degree. Students who choose not to purchase from the University must ensure that their PPE meets the latest British/European Safety Standards.
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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