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BI2012: DIVERSITY OF LIFE - THEORY (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

  • A walk through the evolutionary tree of life, examining the amazing diversity of major groups of organisms from plants through fungi to invertebrates and vertebrates.
  • Learn about how each group of organisms arose, their characteristics, and how they achieved success.
  • Meet many enthusiastic staff; we each teach about the organisms we are expert on.
  • Take BI2013 Diversity of Life Practical too, to gain hands on experience of a wide range of organisms, including a field project recording diversity. 
  • A pass in each of three in-class tests will grant you exemption from the end of year exam.

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

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

None.

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

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 theoretical aspects pertaining to the evolutionary tree of life and examine the amazing diversity of life through time, focusing on major lineages of organisms from plants, through fungi to invertebrates and vertebrates.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination paper (100%) based mainly on lecture material, comprising multiple choice questions and short essay questions.

NB. Students gain exemption from course exam by passing three in-course tests.

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%) in the same format as the main examination.

Formative Assessment

Three formative tests will help students assess how well they are learning the course material. Students who successfully pass all three tests will be offered exemption from the class exam.

Feedback

Students will receive a mark on the formative tests.

Students who are identified as having difficulty in correctly completing the formative tests will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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