Undergraduate Course: Animal Biology 2 (BILG08011)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||An introduction to the evolution of body plans and physiological systems will provide a framework for understanding the range of invertebrate groups, a selection of which will then be studied in more detail in the context of a major habitat, the sea. Vertebrate body plans will lead into a detailed study of the mammals; and a section on animal associations will bring together invertebrates and vertebrates from the viewpoint of parasites and their hosts.
Animal Biology 2 sets out to understand the evolutionary forces that have driven the diversification of animal life, and the relationships between the major groups.
The first section on Invertebrate groups and marine biology focuses on the invertebrate phyla, and traces the evolution of body plans from sea anemones through to fishes. We examine theories for the evolution of multi-cellular life, and for the diversification of body plans and life histories among the major groups. We then consider the ecology and behaviour of these invertebrate groups in marine environments. We focus on life cycles, feeding and locomotion, with special reference to adaptations for life in the open ocean, on the sea bed, and in the intertidal zone.
The second section on the Biology of mammals and the origin of tetrapods continues the exploration of vertebrate biology from amphibians through reptiles to mammals and birds. We then focus on the biology of mammals as an example of a single taxon of animals showing great variation in form and function within a single general body plan.
Lastly, the Animal Associations component of the course examines the ecology and adaptation of parasitic animals, and the evolutionary interactions between them and their hosts.
Throughout, the lectures incorporate behaviour and ecology as well as morphology and phylogeny. Practical work and films are used to illustrate the lectures and to introduce students to hands-on study of animal diversity and adaptive radiation. A major component of the course is the generation of a practical course notebook which students can use as their reference source in a practical exam (25% of total course credit). Other assessed components are a course essay outline (5%), the final course essay (20%), and a written theory exam (50%).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Origin and Diversity of Life 1 (BILG08001)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalent of the courses listed above
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 33,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Other Study Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Videos shown in Lecture Theatre 3 (Ashworth Labs)
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay outline - 5%, 1500 word essay - 20% (25% total), Practical exam - 25%, Theory exam - 50%.
Extension requests are not permissible for the Essay outline but are allowed for the final essay submission.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Practical Exam||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Theory resit exam||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Practical resit exam||1:20|
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Theory Exam||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A body of factual information, given in lectures, practicals and required reading. Factual knowledge will be tested in the May theory and practical exams
- Logical presentation and summarisation of information on a specific topic without time constraints, tested by writing a course essay on one of 8 topics
- Practical skills. We encourage accurate observation and measurement of animals and their activities during the practical sessions. You are expected to keep a record of the practicals in a notebook, which you are allowed to use in an open -book practical exam in May.
- Working effectively in groups and learning from others. Students will have to divide tasks between them in practical classes and ensure that each member of the group has the chance to see and understand all the material. Group co-operation will be essential for building up an accurate practical notebook and will therefore be tested indirectly in the practical exam in May.
|Course section 1: Invertebrate groups and marine biology.|
"The Invertebrates, a synthesis", Third Edition (2001) by Barnes, Calow, Olive, Golding and Spice (Blackwell Science).
Course section 2: Origin and diversification of vertebrates.
1. "Vertebrate Life", Eighth edition (2009) by Pough, Janis and Heiser (Pearson)
2. "Analysis of Vertebrate Structure", Fifth edition (2001), by Hildebrand and Goslow (John Wiley & Sons).
Course Section 3: Animal Associations
"An Introduction to Parasitology" (1998), BE Matthews (Cambridge University Press)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Laboratory - Tuesday or Friday afternoons.
|Course organiser||Prof Graham Stone
Tel: (0131 6)50 7194
|Course secretary||Mr Tim MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 7296