Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Module code: BS1070

This module will provide an introduction to the vast diversity of plants and animals. We will explore the two basic processes of biology, how plants and animals develop from their single cell state through development and how life has evolved from its simplest stages to the myriad of diverse forms that are the subject of this module. We will explore the physiological and behaviour adaptations that organisms have evolved to survive.

Topics covered:

  • Phylogeny and the tree of life
  • Basic animal and plant development
  • Animal and plant origins and diversity
  • Biodiversity/ecology and its importance
  • Animal behavioural adaptations
  • Plant physiological features and consequences for environment and food production

Learning

  • 23 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 4 hours of tutorials
  • 103 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 90 minutes (70%)
  • Practical report (30%)