BIOS 2035 Principles of Zoology
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 300979
Coordinator Kate Umbers Opens in new window
Description Explores the diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate life in a phylogenetic context. Taxonomy, anatomy, ecology, ethology and physiology of major groups of animals are examined. Patterns will be examined from an evolutionary perspective and the subject will focus on structure and function to examine specialisations and adaptations of animals to their environment. The subject will use lectures and laboratory sessions to allow an interactive appreciation of the diversity of biological mechanisms and processes in the Animal Kingdom.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject
Pre-requisite(s) BIOS 1001
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify the Phylum and Class to which any animal belongs, and within certain Classes, identify its Order;
- Place animal Phyla in an evolutionary sequence, using evidence derived from body architecture, symmetry and internal complexity;
- Explain reproductive mechanisms and life-cycles of animals in relation to lifestyle and habitat;
- Characterise each of the major animal Phyla and constituent Classes in terms of their distinguishing features; relate physiological complexity to phylogenetic sequence;
- Analyse the reasons for the success and diversity of the arthropods and vertebrates;
- Dissect, identify and describe the function of major internal organs or structures of invertebrates and vertebrates;
- Analyse and present data and communicate key findings.
1. Porifera & Cnidaria
2. Platyhelminthes, Nematoda & Annelida
7. Segmented Worms & Pseudocoelomates
8. Arthropods and Echinoderms
9. Lower Chordates & Fishes
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Recorded Presentation (video or audio)||3 mins||35||N||Individual|
|Quiz||up to 30 mins per quiz||30||N||Individual|
|Final Exam - Online multiple choice and open answer questions||2 hours||35||N||Individual|
- Hickman, CP 2011 Integrated principles of zoology, 15th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.
- Hickman, CP, Kats, LB & Keen, SL 2011 Laboratory studies in integrated principles of zoology, 15th edn, McGraw Hill Higher Education, Boston.