Animal Form and Function - BIOS5460

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Canterbury
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Frances Mansfield checkmark-circle

Overview

You study the diversity of animal life throughout evolution, including elements of functional anatomy and physiology such as circulation and gaseous exchange, the digestive system, the nervous system and reproduction.

Topics:

Comparative physiology - in this section the diversity of different physiological systems will be studied including circulation, gaseous exchange, feeding and digestion, excretion, nervous tissue and the senses, reproduction and immunology.

Form and Function - in this section a diverse range of taxonomic groups and their characteristics will be studied to understand the relationship between structure and function. How these characteristics equip the animal to survive and succeed in its particular environment will be explored.

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 31
Private study hours: 119
Total study hours: 150

Availability

It is strongly recommended that you have taken the Core stage 1 modules within one of our Bioscience programmes.

Method of assessment

Practical report 1 (20%)
Practical report 2 (20%)
Exam, 2 hr (60%)

Indicative reading

Hickman, C.P., Roberts, L.S., Keen, S.L., Eisenhour, D.J., Larson, A., L'Anson, H. Integrated Principles of Zoology (16th Ed) (2014)

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:

Describe body plans and the structural organisation of a range of animals.
Understand the physiological role of a range of structures in animals.
Compare physiological systems across the animal kingdom.
Describe how physiological systems adapt to specific environmental conditions.
Demonstrate a practical understanding of classification on the basis of external morphological features in the arthropods.

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

The ability to analyse and communicate experimental findings.
Written communication skills.
The ability to integrate information from a variety of sources.

Notes

  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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