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BI1512: DIVERSITY OF LIFE 2 (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

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
  • Dr Catherine S. Jones
  • Dr Lesley Lancaster

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

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

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

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessments

(i) Lab reports (4 x 10)

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

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit online test


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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