BIO3037 : Current Zoology

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To cover a variety of topics on specific themes in contemporary Zoology.

The module will deliver to students enthusiasm, knowledge and an ability to think critically. Students will be encouraged to reflect on what they have learned during their three-year course, to think about the relevance of what they have learned, and to consider how original research is communicated among the scientific community and to the general public.

Students will learn about societal and ethical issues relevant to Zoology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Taught sessions

An introductory lecture will inform students about the work they will do in this module, and one or two lectures will inform students about issues of animal welfare and use of animals in research.

Other sessions will be centred on three theme areas, relevant to contemporary research in Zoology and to the interests of teachers of the Zoology degree.

Examples of the theme areas are: Animals and Humans (including animal welfare); Animals in the News (including media reports of Zoological research); and Animals and their Environment (including the ways animals adapt to the built human environment).
A different teacher is responsible for each theme, and each theme will have 4 timetabled sessions.
In the first, the teacher will introduce the theme, and identify four different topics within it that will be the basis of student presentations. The class will then be divided into four groups (about 10 students per group).

In the second and third sessions, each group will meet (at the same time but in a different room) to plan and prepare their PowerPoint presentation. The teacher will circulate between the groups to advise and to check progress.

In the final session, the four groups will each present their presentation.

Private study.

Each student, on their own will:

Prepare and submit their own work that describes how a particular species adapts to a given environment in terms of morphology, physiology or behaviour.

Prepare and become familiar with the definitions of 50 Zoological terms provided by the module leader.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Animal Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Exam essay preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading18:008:00Term definition, preparation and revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading37:0021:00Background reading and research associated with three themes.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading16:006:00Background reading on Animal Welfare lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00two sessions per theme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Group presentations
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

An introductory lecture will inform students about the work they are expected to do during the module.

Lectures will provide information about animal welfare and research on animals.
Active learning experiences will be provided in each of the three areas, in which students work in groups with each one contributing by undertaking background reading, and then tasks in preparing and delivering a presentation.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on material they have learned in their three-year degree by: preparing an account of environmental adaptation in a particular animal or group of animals.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M30Solo work on chosen animal species or group. 1000 words.
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Group presentations, partly peer assessed:
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge will be assessed in a short-answer section of the exam, which will include questions on zoological terms, on the animal welfare lectures and on the topics covered in group presentations.

Ability to assemble and present information coherently will be tested in the pre-prepared essay in the examination and in the student’s own work on the environmental adaptations of their chosen animal species or group.

Contribution to group work will be assessed partly by peers and partly by module teachers

Reading Lists