Diversity of Living Organisms - BI323

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR F Mansfield checkmark-circle


The aim of this module is to introduce the diversity of life, evolution and development of body form in a wide variety of organisms, including prokaryotes, animals and plants.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 38
Private study hours: 112
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical (25%)
Practical (25%)
Examination (50%), 2 hours

Indicative reading

Biology: A Global Approach. Campbell, N.A., Reece, J.B., Urry, L., Wasserman, S.A., Minorsky, P.V. and Jackson, R.B. Global edition. 10th edition. 2015, Pearson

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to have:

An appreciation of the diversity of microbial life (bacteria, fungi unicellular and simple multicellular eukaryotes).
An understanding of plant structural and reproductive diversity and the colonisation of the land by plants.
An understanding that animals are multicellular heterotrophic eukaryotes with tissues that develop from embryonic layers.
An understanding of basic concepts in ecology and the conservation of biodiversity.
The ability to safely handle and conduct experiments on a range of organisms under defined laboratory conditions.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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