ANIMAL DIVERSITY - 2023/4
Module code: BMS3095
Using an evolutionary approach, this module provides an in-depth overview of the different taxa from sponges to mammals within the animal kingdom, focusing on their classification, morphological diversity and adaptation to their specific habitats. It is designed for the needs and interests of Biological Sciences students but is open as an option to all students who are interested in gaining a greater understanding of animal taxonomy, morphology and evolution
School of Biosciences and Medicine
SANTORELLI Lorenzo (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: C380
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 101
Lecture Hours: 20
Seminar Hours: 5
Tutorial Hours: 5
Laboratory Hours: 9
Guided Learning: 8
Captured Content: 2
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Classification and organisation
- Diversity of animal life
- Comparative anatomy
- Taxonomy and phylogeny
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||PORTFOLIO BASED ON EXERCISES LINKED TO THE PRACTICALS||70|
|Examination||INVIGILATED EXAM SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS (90 MINS)||30|
In case the student could not perform one or more practicals for justified absence or ethical reasons (i.e. dissections), alternative materials and appropriate instructions are provided in order to complete the required exercises for the final portfolio
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to critically analyse the information given during lectures and to apply the skills and the knowledge acquired to given specific problem in animal biology, as well as their ability to gain an integrated knowledge and understanding of functional morphology across the animal kingdom
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- A portfolio including reports on various activities performed during the module.
- An exam, consisting of and a set of five short essay questions, out of which the student will be required to answer three.
Formative assessment and feedback
Verbal feedback during lectures, tutorials, discussion board and open office hours. Formative written feedback will be provided to two components of the portfolio.
- Apply the principles of evolution to understand how animal diversity has arisen and organisms have adapted to different environments
- Understand the relation between animal phyla and their main morphological differences
- Gain an insight of animal taxonomy and anatomy through practical tools as dissection and the use of dichotomous keys.
|1||Explain taxonomical hierarchy||K|
|2||Explain different tissue types and body organisation||K|
|3||Compare and contrast the morphology and anatomy of the major groups and be able to identify representatives of the groups||K|
|4||Understand the basis and produce phylogenetic trees||KC|
|5||Describe morphological characteristics and evolutionary relationships of members of different phyla||K|
|6||Understand how adaptations to the environment reflect on the anatomy and behaviour of organisms||KC|
|7||Describe, compare and discuss the locomotion, reproduction, feeding and digestion of a range of animals||K|
|8||Gain key skills in manipulating and dissecting specimens||KT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Give the students a broad understanding of the body plans and functions of different animal groups, focusing on specific mechanisms of homeostatic control and to place this knowledge in the evolutionary context of animal phylogeny and adaptation.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures (approximately 20 h, 2/week)
- Activities including: Design a phylogenetic tree of preserved specimens; dissection of a mollusc; observation and classification of insects; view and discussion of nature documentaries, filed trip (when possible) to suitable venue.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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