Eukaryotic Biodiversity and Evolution for Biologists - BIOS6500

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Anastasios Tsaousis checkmark-circle


This module will introduce the students to the taxonomy and diversity of eukaryotic organisms in the various domains of the tree of life. Students will become familiarised with the various theories on the evolution and adaptations of both unicellular and multicellular eukaryotes. It will also teach the techniques and skills required to analyse the diversity and evolution of these organisms at the genomic level.


Contact hours

Private Study: 24
Contact Hours: 126
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Practical Report (1,500 words) – 40%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: In-Person Exam (Standard Exam)

The practical report is a compulsory sub-element and must be passed to complete the module

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the major processes underlying eukaryotic diversity and evolution;
2. Demonstrate confident practical skills and data handling methods associated with taxonomy, diversity and evolution of eukaryotes;
3. Demonstrate complex understanding of the genetic basis of biodiversity;
4. Confidently integrate knowledge of eukaryotic diversity and evolution with the genetic basis of biodiversity.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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