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This module is available for 2017/18

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Module code:BIOL2009 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Animal Biodiversity
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Jim Labisko (Dr Julia Day on sabbatical 17/18)
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):2
Module prerequisites:Recommended modules to have taken (but not a strict prerequisite): BIOL1006 Life on Earth, GEOL1003 History of Life, GEOL2008 or equivalent. Module is limited to 45 students. It is compulsory for Biodiversity and Conservation, Zoology and Biological Sciences (Generalist) degrees. Preference will be given to affiliate students with a relevant background or UCL students taking it as an option/elective with the highest BIOL1006 or GEOL1003 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 timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 50.00%
Practicals 50.00% 
Notes:A suitable pre-requisite for BIOLM018 Vertebrate Life and Evolution  
Taking this module as an option?: 
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Last updated:2017-09-22 10:17:00 by ucbtksr