Animal Biology: Principles and Mechanisms

The central theme of this module is to cover aspects of comparative Zoology including different life history stages and different levels of organisation – from cellular to organismal.

Programmes

Level

Year Two

20 Credits

The central theme of this module is to cover aspects of comparative Zoology. Animals display specific adaptations in their morphology, physiology, and behaviour to the environments they live in. These adaptations reflect the ecological diversity and adaptive radiation of animals. During this module we will explore how environmental adaptation has It will also consider animals’ responses to environmental changes, such as those caused by change and urbanisation. The module consists of lectures, practicals and interactive tutorials, i.e. workshops that will build the foundation for the practical work and encourage independent active learning.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different animal systems and how they are morphologically, physiologically, and behaviourally adapted to the environments they live in.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how animals adapt and cope with human altered environments.
  • Collect, record, handle, interpret and write-up scientific data and apply this knowledge to novel problems. 

Assessment

  • Coursework    (40%)
  • Exam (60%)