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BI2013: DIVERSITY OF LIFE - PRACTICAL (2014-2015)

Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 14:51


Course Overview

Practical activities provide hands-on experience of materials demonstrating the diversity of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, enhancing your understanding and observational skills. 

Improve your research skills through investigating the diversity of plants, invertebrates or birds in a field based group project, sampling in local habitats.
Prepare a scientific poster to communicate the results of your group project and participate in a class poster session.
You will get detailed feedback on practical assessments to help you develop your skills.

Take BI2012 Diversity of Life Theory too, to learn how each group of organisms arose, their characteristics, and how they achieved success.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Sarah Woodin
  • Dr Catherine Jones
  • Dr Sally Martin

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Parasitology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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 fungi, through plants to invertebrates.
Practicals will illustrate a wide range of organisms, address important biological principles and encourage development of basic scientific skills including experimental design, hypothesis testing and data analysis in the context of individual and group learning.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Animal Ecology
  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Conservation Biology
  • BSc Ecology
  • BSc Forest Sciences
  • BSc Forestry
  • BSc Marine Biology
  • BSc Plant Biology
  • BSc Plant and Soil Sciences
  • BSc Wildlife Management
  • BSc Zoology
  • MSci Biological Sciences

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Practicals are assessed through reports produced for each class; nine practicals (70%) and a project (30%).
Resit: Resubmission of failed work.

Formative Assessment

Project workshop sessions will provide opportunity for student-student and student-tutor interaction and feedback.

Feedback

Students will receive regular written feedback on each practical report before the start of the next practical class.

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