ANIMAL DIVERSITY - 2017/8

Module code: BMS3095

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

SANTORELLI L Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

D322

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO BASED ON EXERCISES LINKED TO THE PRACTICALS 70%
Examination WRITTEN EXAM 1.5 HOURS 30%

Alternative Assessment

In case the student could not perform one or more practicals for justified absence or ethical reasons (i.e. dissections), alternative materials and appropriate instructions are provided in order to complete the required exercises for the final portfolio

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

IN TAKING THIS MODULE, YOU CANNOT IN THE SAME YEAR TAKE BMS3060

Module overview

Using an evolutionary approach, this module provides an in-depth overview of the different taxa from sponges to mammals within the animal kingdom, focusing on their classification, morphological diversity and adaptation to their specific habitats. It is designed for the needs and interests of Biological Sciences students but is open as an option to all students who are interested in gaining a greater understanding of animal taxonomy, morphology and evolution

Module aims

Apply the principles of evolution to the understanding of how animal diversity has arisen and organisms have adapted to different environments

Compare different morphologies, also with the use of tools like dissection, in the major animal phyletic groups

Provide a good understanding of the principles of taxonomy and phylogeny and the concepts of homologies and analogies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain taxonomical hierarchy K
Explain different tissue types and body organisation K
Compare and contrast the morphology and anatomy of the major groups and be able to identify representatives of the groups K
Understand the basis and produce phylogenetic trees KC
Describe morphological characteristics and evolutionary relationships of members of different phyla K
Understand how adaptations to the environment reflect on the anatomy and behaviour of organisms KC
Describe, compare and discuss the locomotion, reproduction, feeding and digestion of a range of animals K
Gain key skills in manipulating and dissecting specimens KT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Classification and organisation
Diversity of animal life
Comparative anatomy
Taxonomy and phylogeny

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Give the students a broad understanding of the body plans and functions of different animal groups, focusing on specific mechanisms of homeostatic control and to place this knowledge in the evolutionary context of animal phylogeny and adaptation.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures (approximately 20 h, 2/week)
Activitites including: Phylogeny tree of preserved specimens; dissection of echinoderm and mollusc; observation and classification of insects; nature documentaries view, visit to the Natural History museum in London   (approximately 10 h, 1/week, 7 h for museum visit )

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to critically analyse the information given during lectures and to apply the skills and the knowledge acquired to given specific problem in animal biology, as well as their ability to gain an integrated knowledge and understanding of functional morphology across the animal kingdom

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A portfolio of up to 2,000 words focused on the various activities performed during the module, due on the week 11.
An exam, consisting of and a set of five short essay questions, out of which the student will be required to answer three in 1 h time.


Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback during lectures and tutorials

Written and open office  feedback on portfolio

Reading list

Reading list for ANIMAL DIVERSITY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3095

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.