BIOEB302-19B (HAM)

Advanced Zoology

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper concentrates on topics relating to the functional biology and diversity of animal life from an evolutionary perspective. In the first term we discuss a range of topics on invertebrates; the second term tells the story of the history and evolutionary relationships of vertebrates.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures and four laboratories.


Mon 1.10-2.00 pm L.1.09, Wed 09.00-10.50 am L.1.09

Practical classes:

Fri 2.10-5.00 pm R.1.10

The labs are arranged to avoid conflicts with practicals for BIOEB301 Advanced Animal Behaviour.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe selected aspects of the history and diversity of animal life;
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  • Explain with detailed examples the processes of long-term evolutionary adaptation and extinction;
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  • Demonstrate the value of critical reasoning in understanding animals in light of evolutionary theory.
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Course work - 50% (comprises two in-class tests worth 7.5% each; 4 lab reports totaling 20%; and a poster project worth 15%). Final exam 50%.

For further details on assessment, see the paper page on Moodle.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
14 Aug 2019
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Test 2
9 Oct 2019
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Poster Assignment
6 Sep 2019
No set time
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
4. Lab Reports
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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All recommended texts for this year are the same as last year, so used copies can be bought from, and sold back to, any second-hand book shops or book dealers on line.

Vertebrate Life: F.H. Pough, C.M. Janis, J.B. Heiser (preferably 9th edition), Prentice Hall.

Evolutionary Analysis: S. Freeman, J.C. Herron (preferably 5th edition): Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Introduction to the Invertebrates: Moore J. (2006), Cambridge University Press, New York.

Or Invertebrate Zoology: D.T. Anderson (1998), Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page ( where you will be able to access lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. Your essay assignment must be submitted through Moodle.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to maintain a close watch on the paper pages, so check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole. Paper materials are copyright and must not be passed on to third parties.

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Formal tuition: 20 h of lectures and four 3-h laboratories. 32

Private study: Non-contact work, including writing lab reports plus at least 20 h for the poster project, to a total of 117 h.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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It is advantageous to take BIOEB301 and BIOEB302 together (labs will alternate).

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Prerequisites: BIOL201, BIOL234 or BIOEB201




Restricted papers: BIOL338

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