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Semester 1

Animal Diversity and Evolution 3 (BILG09019)

Subject

Biology

College

SCE

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

3

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Equivalent of the courses listed above

Course Summary

The course provides students with a modern view of animal diversity and an understanding of how the process of evolution has produced this diversity.

Course Description

Understanding the evolution and diversity of animals is a fundamental goal of zoological research, with profound implications for both science and conservation. We will provide students with a modern view of animal diversity and an understanding of how the process of evolution has produced this diversity. Students will examine what key features make animals different from the rest of life and the evolutionary significance of these features. They will then explore this diversity from different perspectives, including the phylogenetic description of diversity, the general causes of diversification in animals and more detailed examination of the diversification of key animal traits such as immunity, physiology and life-history. They will examine how patterns of diversity at different levels of biological organisation, from genetic diversity within populations to species diversity patterns across the globe can be understood. They will examine how the diversity of body plans can be understood in terms of the relationship between evolution and development. The course will finish by considering the future of animal diversity. We will include sessions which illustrate approaches and techniques used to examine animal diversity and evolution, emphasising that this is an active research field, and also sessions to develop core skills within the context of the course.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 35%, Coursework 65%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

In course assessment, 65%: 4 x Quizzes (4% each, 20% total), 2 x Practical Report (30%), Paper evaluation test (15%).Final exam, 35%.

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