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Module code:BIOL0012 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Animal Biodiversity
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Julia Day
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):2
Module prerequisites:BIOL0004 Life on Earth OR GEOL0005 Foundations of Physical Geoscience AND GEOL0009 or equivalent (approved by module organiser). Module is limited to 50 students. It is compulsory for Biodiversity and Conservation, Zoology and Biological Sciences degrees. Preference will be given to affiliate students with a relevant background or UCL students taking it as an option/elective with the highest BIOL0004 or GEOL0005 marks. 
Module outline:The animal kingdom (Metazoa) is a vast grouping that encompasses organisms as diverse as corals, worms and whales. This course focuses on animal systematics and biology. As such we will focus on the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) and biological diversity of animals, and how they are adapted to different environments. Due to the sheer size of the Metazoa we will focus on selected phyla, in order to obtain a broad understanding of the group. 
Module aims:Aims to understand how animals have evolved and adapted to their environment through time. 
Module objectives:Teaching will consist of a combination of lectures, a problem based learning exercise in phylogenetics (in which you will reconstruct a phylogeny of some highly peculiar ‘animals’), an essay based around a ‘mystery’ invertebrate group, and further practical classes enabling observations of key characteristics and adaptations within vertebrate groups at London Zoo, and museum specimens from UCLs Grant Museum. 
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Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 5

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Identifying a mystery invertebrate (Problem-based learning exercise) 25.00%
    • Vertebrate biology museum practical 15.00%
    • Moodle quizzes based on 1) Zoo visit observations and 2) mysterty vertebrate practical 5.00%
    • Phylogenetic practical report 5.00%
    • Unseen two-hour written examination 50.00%
  • Alternative assessment pattern for affiliate students unable to sit the standard assessments:
    • Phylogenetic practical report 10.00%
    • Mystery specimen essay 50.00%
    • Zoo visit and moodle quiz 10.00%
    • Lab write up 30.00%
Notes:A suitable pre-requisite for BIOL0035 Vertebrate Life and Evolution  
Taking this module as an option?: 
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Last updated:2018-07-30 18:53:55 by ucbtksr