BIOL10010 Animal Biology and Evolution

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will cover the diversity of animal life from sponges to humans. We will discuss the role animals play in ecosystems, as parasites, and as agents of disease. Then we will describe how this animal diversity arose by detailing evolution by natural selection including the evidence for evolution in the fossil record. Finally, we will look inside these same organisms and identify some of the key physiological processes in animals. The lectures will be supported by a series of lab practicals where you will gain experience in microscopy, anatomy and dissection.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Distinguish between and explain the diversity within the major groups of animals.
2. Outline the importance of these groups to agriculture.
3. Describe the basic physiological processes in animals.
4. Outline the key concepts in evolution and explain the principles of natural and artificial selection.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; lab work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BIOL10120 - Cell Biology & Genetics (NUin), BIOL10140 - Life on Earth

Animal Biology & Evol (BAgrSc) (BIOL1901)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Laboratory Report Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: MCQ exam, 5 options per question 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): 5 Options per question Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Dr Graham Hughes Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Darrin Hulsey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gavin Stewart Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Holly English Tutor
Dr Zixia Huang Tutor