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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
  • Dr Sarah Woodin
  • Dr Catherine Jones
  • Dr Sally Martin

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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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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.


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

Course Learning Outcomes


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