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BIO1002 : The Animal Kingdom

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide a broad introduction to groups of animals in the major animal phyla. The module explores the basic body plan of the different phyla and the evolutionary relationships between them. The concept that morphological, developmental and molecular evidence all support a broadly similar phylogeny of the animals is introduced, along with the evolution of fundamental characteristics such as body cavities, tissue layers, bilateral symmetry and type of cell cleavage during embryogenesis. The module provides a framework to support learning of evolutionary concepts and functional biology as well as more advanced animal group modules at stages 2 and 3.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides a broad introduction the major animal groups. It explores the basic body plan of the different groups and the evolutionary relationships between them. The module explores the evolution of fundamental characteristics such as body cavities, tissue layers, bilateral symmetry and type of cell cleavage during embryogenesis. Beginning with simple animals, including the sponges, sea anemones, corals and their allies, the module then examines the evolution of bilateral symmetry in the simple worms followed by more complex characteristics in the sea urchins, starfish and their allies, crustaceans, insects and spiders. It then explores the early evolution of the chordates, leading eventually to the vertebrates.

Practical Classes:
English Garden Invertebrates
Insect form and function
Dinosaurs and reptiles: an exploration (Hancock Museum)
Spots test

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:307:30Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:307:30Revision for class test
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading151:0015:00Completion of post-lecture directed reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Includes 3hr in-class spot test
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:3026:30Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc. to enhance understanding
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0015:00Lecture follow up
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the major animal groups, using copious photographs, drawings and videos. They explore the basic body plan of the different groups and the evolutionary relationships between them, including the evolution of fundamental characteristics such as body cavities, tissue layers, bilateral symmetry and type of cell cleavage during embryogenesis. Beginning with simple animals, including the sponges, sea anemones, corals and their allies, lectures then introduce the evolution of bilateral symmetry in the simple worms followed by more complex characteristics in the sea urchins, starfish and their allies, crustaceans, insects and spiders. Lectures then explore the early evolution of the chordates, leading eventually to the vertebrates.

Practicals and fieldwork support learning of form and function in different groups and develop practical skills including observation and recording of structure and function at macroscopic and microscopic levels. The in-class spot test will test progress in developing identification skills and awareness of phylogenetic relationships.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A65N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M35Garden Animals practical (10%); Arthropods practical (10%); Reptiles report (10%); ID Test (5%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests knowledge of the Animal Kingdom. Practical reports assess observation , recording and interpretative skills. A mock examination and test revision questions are available on Blackboard to aid revision and provide formative feedback on progress. An ID test is used to assess identification skills and improve awareness of phylogenetic relationships.

To ensure that students have achieved a sufficient level of knowledge and skills, students are required to attain at least 30% in the exam in order to pass the module. For students failing to attain at least 30% in the exam, the module mark will be the exam mark without the inclusion of the in-course assessment marks.

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