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BI1512: DIVERSITY OF LIFE 2 (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:47

Course Overview

• A walk through the evolutionary tree of life, examining the amazing diversity of advanced invertebrates and vertebrates.
• Learn about how each group of organisms arose, their characteristics, and how they achieved success. For example what are the key evolutionary steps enabling life away from the water? How do birds fly?
• Practical activities provide hands on experience of materials demonstrating the features of invertebrates, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals.
• You will be assessed by a combination of laboratory reports, on which you will get detailed feedback to help you develop your skills, and an exam .

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Catherine S. Jones
  • Dr Pierre Bize

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Either BI1012 Diversity of Life 1 (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Over approximately 3.7 billion years, living organisms on the Earth have diversified and adapted to every possible environment. This course will introduce the clues used to reconstruct the evolutionary tree of life and examine the amazing diversity of life through time, focusing on major lineages of organisms from advanced invertebrates to vertebrates.
Practicals will illustrate a wide range of organisms, address important biological principles and encourage the development of basic scientific skills including dissection, observation, interpretation and recording of biological material and construction of keys.

Associated Costs

Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally. GBP 15.00

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 27, 29, 31, 33
  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

(i) Lab reports (4 x 10)


(ii) 4 Online tests (2x15% + 10% + 20%)


Resit (for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21):

Resit online test

Resit (for students who tookl the Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students):

Dry versions of practicals

Resit exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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