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Module code:BIOL3018(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Vertebrate Life and Evolution
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Prof Helen Chatterjee
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3,
Module prerequisites:None, but BIOL2009 Animal Biodiversity is recommended. The course also complements GEOL2008 Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution. 
Module outline:The course will provide a broad review of vertebrate life and evolution from a variety of perspectives, including: the fossil record, modern, evolutionary and functional anatomy and molecular evidence. BIOL3018 complements GEOL3036 Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns and BIOL3008 Species Conservation and Biodiversity. 
Module aims:Students will become familiar with the range of modern vertebrates, and their adaptations and classification. Methods of study will be emphasised, including the building of phylogenetic trees, use of morphological and molecular data, and biogeographic reconstruction. Further the fossil record for relevant groups will also be discussed as well as the relationships of fossil and living forms.  
Module objectives:To gain an understanding of the diversity of modern and extinct vertebrates. Phylogenetic inter-relationships at class, order, family, genus and species levels. To understand and be able to apply methods of phylogenetic reconstruction. To appreciate fundamental evolutionary and functional anatomy for the main vertebrate groups, including morphological analysis and identification using hard and soft tissue anatomy. 
Key skills provided by module:Specimen observation and assessment; methods of phylogenetic reconstruction (also applicable to areas outside Biology); understanding of molecular applications to systematics; taxonomy and classification; literature review; essay writing; oral communication; teamwork. Contemporary research techniques in evolutionary biology and systematics. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Oral presentation based on "Mystery Specimen" essay (10 minutes) 10.00%.
Problem based learning "Mystery Specimen" journal article essay (3,000 - 4,000 words) 50.00%.
Four extended laboratory write ups 20.00%.
Multiple choice quiz 20.00%. 
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