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Module code:BIOL1006 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Life on Earth
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof Max Telford
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:None. 
Module outline:The course will begin by discussing the evidence for the emergence of life, the origins of the solar system and the conditions under which life emerged and the origin of eukaryotic cells. The theory behind reconstructing trees of evolutionary relatedness will be introduced and patterns of relatedness in the living world discussed, ranging from familiar creatures to new and bizarre forms being discovered in the depths of the oceans and under the earth’s surface. All 5 kingdoms of life will be covered with a particular focus on the evolution of plants and their importance to global biodiversity and on the many groups of invertebrates and vertebrates including ourselves.  
Module aims:To understand the origins of the precursors of Life on Earth: the elements, the solar system, the planet Earth. To understand the theories for the origins of Life on Earth. To understand the diversity, origins and development of life from the molecular through to organismal level, including animals and plants. To understand the process of evolution and patterns of relatedness. To understand the link between the evolution of developmental processes and the evolution of adult morphology. 
Module objectives:At the end of the course you should be familiar with the diversity of living organisms; with classification of the living world; with the origins and history of life; and with the fundamental body plans of major groups of animals. You will have a solid grounding in modern evolution and understand how biology is a single science in which discoveries in one field can shed light on problems in what might appear a quite different area of research. 
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 60.00%
Write up of practical work 20.00%
One essay 20.00% 
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