Biology Online Module Handbook

BL1102 Biology 2

(BL1102 online module handbook version 45)

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This module provides an introduction to the diversity of life on Earth and will address key elements of organismal and ecological aspects of life. The module is divided into several sections beginning with the classification of life and an introduction to the kingdoms Monera, Fungi and Protista. Photosynthesis, respiration and the evolution and diversity of plants will be studied. Students will then look at the diversity of animals in the sea and the movement of some groups onto land. The module will also provide an introduction to animal behaviour and developmental biology, before finishing off by introducing ecology and the various factors promoting and threatening biodiversity. Throughout the module the lecture material is complemented by extensive practical classes introducing a variety of fieldwork and laboratory techniques.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Mike Webster
mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 461690
Pre-requisite Modules:
None*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL2300 - BL2310*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL1102: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-01-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L1: Introduction to module
2017-8_BL1102_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L2: Developmental Biology introduction
2017-8_BL1102_L2
Wednesday
31-01-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L3: Human development
2017-8_BL1102_L3
Thursday
01-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L4: Developmental Biology general principles I
2017-8_BL1102_L4
Friday
02-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof David Paterson

Lecture L5: The ecology of oil rigs
2017-8_BL1102_L5

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L6: Developmental Biology general principles II
2017-8_BL1102_L6
Tuesday
06-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L7: Developmental Biology general principles III
2017-8_BL1102_L7
Wednesday
07-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L8: Evolutionary Developmental Biology I
2017-8_BL1102_L8
Thursday
08-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L9: Evolutionary Developmental Biology II
2017-8_BL1102_L9
Friday
09-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Kevin Laland

Lecture L10: Darwin €™s Unfinished Symphony. How Culture Made the Human Mind
2017-8_BL1102_L10

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L11: Evolution 1
2017-8_BL1102_L11
Monday
12-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P1: Chick embryo dissection
2017-8_BL1102_P1
Tuesday
13-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L12: Evolution 2
2017-8_BL1102_L12
Tuesday
13-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P2: Chick embryo dissection
2017-8_BL1102_P2
Wednesday
14-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L13: Evolution 3
2017-8_BL1102_L13
Wednesday
14-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P3: Chick embryo dissection
2017-8_BL1102_P3
Thursday
15-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L14: Evolution 4
2017-8_BL1102_L14
Friday
16-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Andy Gardner

Lecture L15: Intragenomic conflict
2017-8_BL1102_L15

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L16: Neurobiology I
2017-8_BL1102_L16
Monday
19-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P4: Data handling and manipulation 1
2017-8_BL1102_P4
Tuesday
20-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L17: Neurobiology II
2017-8_BL1102_L17
Tuesday
20-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P5: Data handling and manipulation 1
2017-8_BL1102_P5
Wednesday
21-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L18: Neurobiology III
2017-8_BL1102_L18
Wednesday
21-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P6: Data handling and manipulation 1
2017-8_BL1102_P6
Thursday
22-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L19: Neurobiology IV
2017-8_BL1102_L19
Friday
23-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L20: Marine mammal science: contexts, highlights and challenges
2017-8_BL1102_L20

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L21: Neurobiology V
2017-8_BL1102_L21
Monday
26-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P7: Data handling and manipulation 2
2017-8_BL1102_P7
Tuesday
27-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L22: Nonvascular and seedless plants
2017-8_BL1102_L22
Tuesday
27-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P8: Data handling and manipulation 2
2017-8_BL1102_P8
Wednesday
28-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L23: Seed plants
2017-8_BL1102_L23
Wednesday
28-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P9: Data handling and manipulation 2
2017-8_BL1102_P9
Thursday
01-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L24: Animal diversity
2017-8_BL1102_L24
Friday
02-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Pat Willmer

Lecture L25: Bees - their importance and their problems
2017-8_BL1102_L25

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L26: Invertebrates I
2017-8_BL1102_L26
Monday
05-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P10: Dissection of Nephrops norvegicus
2017-8_BL1102_P10
Tuesday
06-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L27: Invertebrates II
2017-8_BL1102_L27
Tuesday
06-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P11: Dissection of Nephrops norvegicus
2017-8_BL1102_P11
Wednesday
07-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L28: Vertebrates
2017-8_BL1102_L28
Wednesday
07-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P12: Dissection of Nephrops norvegicus
2017-8_BL1102_P12
Thursday
08-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L29: Introduction to animal behaviour
2017-8_BL1102_L29
Friday
09-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Kevin Healy

Lecture L30: Comparing apples and orangutans. Using comparative methods to understand animal ecology and evolution
2017-8_BL1102_L30

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L31: Growing up
2017-8_BL1102_L31
Monday
12-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P13: Ciliary Beating
2017-8_BL1102_P13
Tuesday
13-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L32: Sex and having babies
2017-8_BL1102_L32
Tuesday
13-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P14: Ciliary Beating
2017-8_BL1102_P14
Wednesday
14-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L33: Finding dinner
2017-8_BL1102_L33
Wednesday
14-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Bill Heitler

Practical P15: Ciliary Beating
2017-8_BL1102_P15
Thursday
15-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L34: Avoiding being dinner
2017-8_BL1102_L34
Friday
16-03-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ellen Garland

Lecture L35: Cetacean vocal culture
2017-8_BL1102_L35

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L36: Plant structure & growth
2017-8_BL1102_L36
Monday
02-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P16: Sperm analysis
2017-8_BL1102_P16
Tuesday
03-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L37: Transport in vascular plants
2017-8_BL1102_L37
Tuesday
03-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P17: Sperm analysis
2017-8_BL1102_P17
Wednesday
04-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L38: Plant nutrition
2017-8_BL1102_L38
Wednesday
04-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P18: Sperm analysis
2017-8_BL1102_P18
Thursday
05-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L39: Reproduction in flowering plants
2017-8_BL1102_L39
Friday
06-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L40: Tropical crows and the mystery of animal tool use
2017-8_BL1102_L40

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L41: Plant signals & behaviour
2017-8_BL1102_L41
Monday
09-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P19: Mammalian skulls
2017-8_BL1102_P19
Tuesday
10-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L42: Respiration
2017-8_BL1102_L42
Tuesday
10-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P20: Mammalian skulls
2017-8_BL1102_P20
Wednesday
11-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L43: Circulatory systems
2017-8_BL1102_L43
Wednesday
11-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P21: Mammalian skulls
2017-8_BL1102_P21
Thursday
12-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L44: The immune system
2017-8_BL1102_L44
Friday
13-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Lecture L45: TBC
2017-8_BL1102_L45

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L46: Botanic Gardens practical lecture
2017-8_BL1102_L46
Monday
16-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Botanic gardens
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P22: Visit to Botanic Gardens
2017-8_BL1102_P22
Tuesday
17-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L47: Fungi
2017-8_BL1102_L47
Tuesday
17-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Botanic gardens
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P23: Visit to Botanic Gardens
2017-8_BL1102_P23
Wednesday
18-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L48: Ecology I
2017-8_BL1102_L48
Wednesday
18-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Botanic gardens
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P24: Visit to Botanic Gardens
2017-8_BL1102_P24
Thursday
19-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L49: Ecology II
2017-8_BL1102_L49
Friday
20-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr V Anne Smith

Lecture L50: Ecological Networks
2017-8_BL1102_L50

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
23-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L51: Ecology III
2017-8_BL1102_L51
Monday
23-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P25: Rocky Shore
2017-8_BL1102_P25
Tuesday
24-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L52: Ecology IV
2017-8_BL1102_L52
Tuesday
24-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P26: Rocky Shore
2017-8_BL1102_P26
Wednesday
25-04-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L53: Ecology V
2017-8_BL1102_L53
Wednesday
25-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P27: Rocky Shore
2017-8_BL1102_P27
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL1102: Reading List

Click for BL1102 reading list

BL1102: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

Assessment:
Data presentation
Due by:
05/03/2018 14:00
Feedback due by:
02/04/2018 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Nephrops Report
Due by:
15/03/2018 14:00
Feedback due by:
05/04/2018 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Essay
Due by:
02/04/2018 14:00
Feedback due by:
23/04/2018 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
35%
Assessment:
Mammalian Skulls
Due by:
16/04/2018 14:00
Feedback due by:
07/05/2018 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
15%

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Mike Webster mmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL1102: Contributing Staff

Dr Mike Webster

Dr Mike Webster
(Module Organiser)

Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biologymmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Maria DornelasDr Maria DornelasMASTS Lecturermaadd@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Dave FerrierDr Dave FerrierReader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institutedekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Oscar GaggiottiProf Oscar GaggiottiMASTS Professoroeg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Andy GardnerDr Andy GardnerReaderag243@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Ellen GarlandDr Ellen GarlandRoyal Society University Research Fellowecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Philip HammondProf Philip HammondProfessorpsh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Kevin HealyMarie Curie Fellowkh214@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Sue HealyProf Sue HealyProfessorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Bill HeitlerDr Bill HeitlerReaderwjh@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Kevin LalandProf Kevin LalandProfessorknl1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Iain MatthewsDr Iain MatthewsSenior Teaching Fellow & Pro-Dean for the Faculty of Scienceimm7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Thomas MeagherProf Thomas MeagherProfessortrm3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gareth MilesDr Gareth MilesReadergbm4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Michael MorrisseyDr Michael MorrisseyResearch Fellowmbm5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof David PatersonProf David PatersonExecutive Director of MASTS:
The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland
dp1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Christian RutzProf Christian RutzProfessor of Biologycr68@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Graeme RuxtonProf Graeme RuxtonProfessorgr41@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr V Anne SmithDr V Anne SmithSenior Lecturervas1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Mike WebsterDr Mike Webster
(Module Organiser)
Lecturer in Behavioural and Evolutionary Biologymmw1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Pat WillmerProf Pat WillmerEmeritus Professorpgw@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL1102: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL1102 successfully should be able to:

  • Understand the basic conditions required for the origins of life and have a general understanding of the process of molecular evolution
  • Understand the importance of the species contained in the Kingdoms Protista and Fungi
  • Understand principles on which the immune system operates, and its component parts and how they function; and basic aspects of micro-organisms that cause infection
  • Understand the basics of how a human brain interprets the world and controls movement
  • Understand principles governing developmental biology and evolutionary development
  • Have a general understanding of animal behaviour, including instinct and learning, the evolution of social behaviour and the evolution of mating systems
  • Have a general understanding of the basics of marine biology and marine mammals
  • Understand the principles of ecology
  • Understand the classification and evolution of the flowering plants
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL1102: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Collecting animals and plants
  • Field sampling methods (Botanics)
  • Field sampling methods (Invertebrates)
  • Field sampling methods (Vertebrates)
  • Biological drawing and photography
  • Fixing and preserving specimens
  • Labelling specimens and managing collections
  • Measuring structures using microscopes
  • Pipetting
  • Purpose and practice of dissection
  • Species identification (Botany)
  • Species identification (Invertebrates)
  • Species identification (Vertebrates)
  • Using dichotomous keys

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - participating
  • VIVA Examination
  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Short essay (1000-2000 words)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Searching databases
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Calculations/equations
  • Deal with outliers
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Distinguish different types of data
  • Draw a line of best fit
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Produce tables
  • Use Excel
  • Critiquing experimental design
  • Designing experiments
  • Generate class dataset
  • Working in large groups
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)