ZOOL30050 Diversity of Invertebrates

Academic Year 2021/2022

In this course, we review the major groups of invertebrates which, apart from arthropods, account for most of the animal species on the planet. The course provides the tools for describing and understanding biodiversity and many of the species discussed play key ecological and economic roles. We review classification of invertebrates into major groups and examine some of the extraordinary solutions they have developed to movement, feeding, sensing and reproduction. Practical sessions illustrate the variety of invertebrate life and include a field trip to search for specimens on the shore. Key skills include scientific drawing and dissection and, above all, the skill of species identification, including classification, use of keys and guidebooks and taxonomic conventions. These skills underpin all ecological research and are essential for many jobs in environmental assessment and monitoring.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will:
- Appreciate the diversity of invertebrate life;
- Recognise diagnostic characters of major groups of invertebrates;
- Describe mechanisms underlying their basic function, movement, feeding and reproduction;
- Recognise some of their ecological roles, economic significance and conservation status;
- Dissect and make scientific drawings of invertebrate specimens;
- Describe, identify and classify unknown invertebrate specimens.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

22

Practical

16

Field Trip/External Visits

4

Specified Learning Activities

10

Autonomous Student Learning

73

Total

125

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures
Practical classes
Field sampling
Field collection
Observation, dissection and drawing
 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Life on Earth (currently BIOL10140) OR Biology in Action (currently BIOL10130) OR Animal Biology and Evolution (BAgSc) (currently BIOL10010)


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Fieldwork: Report on field excursion Week 10 n/a Graded No

10

Essay: 2 essays to be completed from a selection, 2000 words each, submission date at end of exam period Unspecified n/a Graded No

60

Practical Examination: Practical quizzes based on lab sessions Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Paul Brooks Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Tues 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Tues 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 3 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Tues 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 4 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Tues 15:00 - 16:50
Autumn