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BL2308   Vertebrate Zoology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 8

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lectures: 11.00 am Mon, Tue, Wed (odd weeks) 11.00 am Mon, Tue (even weeks) Practicals: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Thu or Fri (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11)

This module will explore the diversity of vertebrate animals, beginning with the closest relatives of vertebrates and the evolutionary origins of the group. A detailed look at the defining characteristics of the body plans and lifestyles of the key vertebrate groups will illustrate how they carry out basic animal functions in similar or different ways. This will be put in an evolutionary context to reveal the patterns and trends in the vertebrates as a whole, while also highlighting current phylogenetic controversies. The module will then explore some common themes across the key groups, starting with the developmental biology of some vertebrate model systems and the lessons we can learn from these. We will also see how the highly developed brains of vertebrates have allowed the evolution of astonishing sensory capacities and of complex behaviours, and how these are different (or not) from invertebrates.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL1101 and pass BL1102

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL2102

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour in even weeks and 2 x 1-hour in odd weeks, 3-hour practical (x 6 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 42

Guided independent study hours: 108

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-Hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50% (if Exam failed) Existing Examination = 50%, New Coursework = 50% (if Coursework failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (if coursework and exam failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (for Qualified Honours Entry)

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr V C J Dietrich-Bischoff
Module teaching staff: Team taught