Zoology (BIOL2021)


This unit of study provides an overview of the functional and phylogenetic diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. The material is presented within the conceptual framework of evolution, the foundation of biology. Lectures explore the diversity of major functional systems and behaviour in the context of environmental challenges and the ecological roles of different animal groups. Laboratory classes include dissections and demonstrations of the functional anatomy of invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as experiments. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.

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Further unit of study information


Two lectures and one 3-hour practical per week.


One 2-hour theory exam (50%), Lab book (15%), Invertebrate Collection (20%), Oral presentation (15%).


Recommended reading: Hickman CP, Roberts LS, Larson A, l'Anson H 2004. Integrated Principles of Zoology, 12th ed. McGraw Hill, NY. Withers, P. 1992 Comparative Animal Physiology. Saunders, New York

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX)


BIOL2921 or BIOL2011 or BIOL2911 or BIOL2012 or BIOL2912

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