BS113-4-AU: ANIMAL AND PLANT BIOLOGY
Department: Biological Sciences (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
|Module is taught during the following terms
Animals and Plants comprise two of the major Kingdoms of living organisms: they share many features in common, but also have intriguing differences. After a general Introduction the first part of the module introduces you to the Animals. These 12 lectures will comprise an Introduction to Zoology and Animal Physiology and will show you the Animal Kingdom and its variety, with particular reference to body plans, skeletons, locomotion and feeding. We shall then introduce the basics of Animal Physiology, concentrating on homeostasis, integration and control. In the second part of the course, we will explore Plants, introducing a range of topics in plant biology with an emphasis on the unique features of plants. The importance of plants in our everyday life and in terms of the biosphere will be discussed. This will be followed by a review of the life cycles of different plant groups set in an evolutionary context. Next we will take a brief look at the anatomy and morphology of angiosperms, aspects of plant biochemistry and physiology including photosynthesis and water relationships, and concluding with an examination of the control of developmental processes by the environment and hormones.
To pass this Module, students will need to be able to
1. describe the diversity of animals, explain how animals are classified and demonstrate familiarity with different groups in the Animal Kingdom;
2. describe themes and variations in animal skeletons, locomotory systems, movement and feeding strategies;
3. discuss possible evolutionary links between animal groups;
4. discuss comparative animal physiology based on an understanding of homeostatic principles;
5. describe the unique features of plant biochemistry and metabolism;
6. demonstrate an understanding of plant diversity, plant classification and outline evolutionary links between plant groups;
7. demonstrate a knowledge of the anatomy and morphology of angiosperms and to introduce factors regulating development of this plant group;
8. demonstrate a knowledge of the structure and mechanisms operating in the transport systems of plants;
9. demonstrate competence in observation, experimentation and recording through laboratory classes.
Learning & Teaching Methods
24 x 1 hour lectures including 1 on directed learning material plus 1 revision class before MCQ and 1 revision class before summer exam; 4 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent
33 per cent Coursework Mark, 67 per cent Exam Mark
Practicals (4 worksheets equally weighted)
MCQ Exam: wk 15, Summer Exam: wks 33-36
Exam Duration and Period
1:00 hour exam during Summer Examination period.
Exam Assessment: End of module MCQ Exam and 1 hour exam paper in Summer Term; both equally weighted
- Reece JB, Urry LA, Cain ML, Wasserman SA, Minorsky PV, Jackson RB, Campbell NA. (2011) Campbell BIOLOGY 9th edition Pearson, USA.
Instant Notes in Animal Biology (2nd edition) by Richard D. Jurd (Bios), 2004
Instant Notes in Plant Biology (2nd edition) by A Lack & DE Evans (Bios), 2001