BIOEB302-22B (HAM)

Advanced Zoology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour


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Paper Description

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This paper concentrates on topics relating to the functional biology and diversity of animal life from an evolutionary perspective. In the first term we discuss a range of topics on invertebrates; the second term tells the story of the history and evolutionary relationships of vertebrates.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures and four laboratories.


These are provided as live, in person lectures (which are also recorded).

Practical classes:

Fri 2.10-5.00 pm R.1.10

These are not held every week. The labs are arranged to avoid conflicts with practicals for BIOEB301 Advanced Animal Behaviour.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Describe selected aspects of the history and diversity of animal life;
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  • Explain with detailed examples the processes of long-term evolutionary adaptation and extinction;
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  • Demonstrate the value of critical reasoning in understanding animals in light of evolutionary theory.
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Course work - 60% (comprises two in-class tests worth 10% each; 4 lab reports totaling 24%; and a poster project worth 16%). Final exam 40%.

For further details on assessment, see the paper page on Moodle.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
24 Aug 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Test 2
19 Oct 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Poster Assignment
23 Sep 2022
No set time
4. Lab Reports
  • Other:
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Animal Diversity: Hickman & Roberts (2014) (preferably 8th edition), McGraw-Hill Education

The Insets: Outline of Entomology: Gullan & Cranston (2014), Cambridge University Press

Vertebrate Life: F.H. Pough, C.M. Janis, J.B. Heiser (2018) (preferably 10th edition), Prentice Hall

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page ( where you will be able to access lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. Your essay assignment must be submitted through Moodle.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to maintain a close watch on the paper pages, so check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole. Paper materials are copyright and must not be passed on to third parties.

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Formal tuition: 20 h of lectures and four 3-h laboratories. Total 32 h.

Private study: Non-contact work, including writing lab reports plus at least 20 h for the poster project, to a total of 117 h.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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It is advantageous to take BIOEB301 and BIOEB302 together (labs will alternate).

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Prerequisites: BIOL201, BIOL234 or BIOEB201




Restricted papers: BIOL338

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