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:
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Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
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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

No details are currently available for BL1102 Timetable

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: Assessment

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

(MMS assessment data cached: 15 November 2018 23:20:10.)


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
Prof Andy GardnerProf Andy GardnerProfessor of Biologyag243@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 Susan HealyProf Susan 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 M. PatersonProf David M. 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)