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BL4274   Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

Evolution of new morphologies involves changes to the development of organisms. The field of evolutionary developmental biology is thus becoming established as a major and essential component of any comprehensive understanding of evolutionary biology. This module aims to cover some of the main, current themes in evolutionary developmental biology. Since animal life evolved in the sea, much of what we can learn about the major events in animal evolution can be obtained from studying marine invertebrates. Consequently the examples covered in this module will tend to be drawn from these organisms.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of biology honours adviser required

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar ( x 10 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 130

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

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

Re-assessment: Resubmission of failed item(s) of Coursework

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr D E K Ferrier
Module teaching staff: Dr D Ferrier, Dr I Somorjai