Biology Online Module Handbook

BL1102 Biology 2

(BL1102 online module handbook version 87)

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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 Iain Matthews
imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463004
Pre-requisite Modules:
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Anti-requisite Modules:
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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

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
28-01-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster
Dr Iain Matthews
Lecture L1: Introduction to module
2018-9_BL1102_L1
Monday
28-01-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P1: Data Handling and Manipulation I
2018-9_BL1102_P1
Tuesday
29-01-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L2: Evolution I
2018-9_BL1102_L2
Tuesday
29-01-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P2: Data Handling and Manipulation I
2018-9_BL1102_P2
Wednesday
30-01-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L3: Evolution II
2018-9_BL1102_L3
Wednesday
30-01-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P3: Data Handling and Manipulation I
2018-9_BL1102_P3
Thursday
31-01-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L4: Evolution III
2018-9_BL1102_L4
Friday
01-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Mike Webster

Lecture L5: Evolution IV
2018-9_BL1102_L5

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
04-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L6: Developmental Biology introduction
2018-9_BL1102_L6
Monday
04-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P4: Data handling and manipulation II
2018-9_BL1102_P4
Tuesday
05-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L7: Human Development
2018-9_BL1102_L7
Tuesday
05-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P5: Data handling and manipulation II
2018-9_BL1102_P5
Wednesday
06-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L8: Developmental Biology general principles I
2018-9_BL1102_L8
Wednesday
06-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Michael Morrissey

Practical P6: Data handling and manipulation II
2018-9_BL1102_P6
Thursday
07-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L9: Developmental Biology general principles II
2018-9_BL1102_L9
Friday
08-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Andy Gardner

Lecture L10: Special Topic - Intragenomic conflict
2018-9_BL1102_L10

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
11-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L11: Developmental Biology general principles III
2018-9_BL1102_L11
Monday
11-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Andy Gardner

Practical P7: Modelling natural Selection - LegOrgs
2018-9_BL1102_P7
Tuesday
12-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L12: Evolutionary Developmental Biology I
2018-9_BL1102_L12
Tuesday
12-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Andy Gardner

Practical P8: Modelling natural Selection - LegOrgs
2018-9_BL1102_P8
Wednesday
13-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L13: Evolutionary Developmental Biology II
2018-9_BL1102_L13
Wednesday
13-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Andy Gardner

Practical P9: Modelling natural Selection - LegOrgs
2018-9_BL1102_P9
Thursday
14-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
TBC

Lecture L14: Special Topic - TBC
2018-9_BL1102_L14
Friday
15-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
TBC

Lecture L15: Special Topic - TBC
2018-9_BL1102_L15

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L16: Neurobiology I
2018-9_BL1102_L16
Monday
18-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P10: Chick embryo dissection
2018-9_BL1102_P10
Tuesday
19-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L17: Neurobiology II
2018-9_BL1102_L17
Tuesday
19-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P11: Chick embryo dissection
2018-9_BL1102_P11
Wednesday
20-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L18: Neurobiology III
2018-9_BL1102_L18
Wednesday
20-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P12: Chick embryo dissection
2018-9_BL1102_P12
Thursday
21-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L19: Neurobiology IV
2018-9_BL1102_L19
Friday
22-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L20: Neurobiology V
2018-9_BL1102_L20

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L21: Animal diversity
2018-9_BL1102_L21
Monday
25-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P13: Arthropod dissection
2018-9_BL1102_P13
Tuesday
26-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L22: Invertebrates I
2018-9_BL1102_L22
Tuesday
26-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P14: Arthropod dissection
2018-9_BL1102_P14
Wednesday
27-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L23: Invertebrates II
2018-9_BL1102_L23
Wednesday
27-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P15: Arthropod dissection
2018-9_BL1102_P15
Thursday
28-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L24: Vertebrates
2018-9_BL1102_L24
Friday
01-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
TBC

Lecture L25: Special Topic - TBC
2018-9_BL1102_L25

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
04-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Susan Healy

Lecture L26: Introduction to animal behaviour
2018-9_BL1102_L26
Tuesday
05-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Susan Healy

Lecture L27: Growing up
2018-9_BL1102_L27
Wednesday
06-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Susan Healy

Lecture L28: Sex and having babies
2018-9_BL1102_L28
Thursday
07-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Susan Healy

Lecture L29: Finding dinner
2018-9_BL1102_L29
Friday
08-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Kevin Laland

Lecture L30: Special Topic - Darwin €™s Unfinished Symphony. How Culture Made the Human Mind
2018-9_BL1102_L30

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
11-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L31: Reproduction
2018-9_BL1102_L31
Monday
11-03-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P16: Semen analysis
2018-9_BL1102_P16
Tuesday
12-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L32: Respiration
2018-9_BL1102_L32
Tuesday
12-03-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P17: Semen analysis
2018-9_BL1102_P17
Wednesday
13-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L33: Circulatory systems
2018-9_BL1102_L33
Wednesday
13-03-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P18: Semen analysis
2018-9_BL1102_P18
Thursday
14-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L34: The immune system
2018-9_BL1102_L34
Friday
15-03-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ellen Garland

Lecture L35: Special Topic - Cetacean vocal culture
2018-9_BL1102_L35

Reading Week: 16-Mar-2019 to 31-Mar-2019

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L36: Fungi
2018-9_BL1102_L36
Monday
01-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P19: Mammalian skulls
2018-9_BL1102_P19
Tuesday
02-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
TBC

Lecture L37: TBC
2018-9_BL1102_L37
Tuesday
02-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P20: Mammalian skulls
2018-9_BL1102_P20
Wednesday
03-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
TBC

Lecture L38: TBC
2018-9_BL1102_L38
Wednesday
03-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P21: Mammalian skulls
2018-9_BL1102_P21
Thursday
04-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L39: Plant structure & growth
2018-9_BL1102_L39
Friday
05-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr V Anne Smith

Lecture L40: Special Topic - Ecological Networks
2018-9_BL1102_L40

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
08-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L41: Transport in vascular plants
2018-9_BL1102_L41
Monday
08-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P22: Carnivorous Plants and Species Determination
2018-9_BL1102_P22
Tuesday
09-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L42: Plant nutrition
2018-9_BL1102_L42
Tuesday
09-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P23: Carnivorous Plants and Species Determination
2018-9_BL1102_P23
Wednesday
10-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L43: Reproduction in flowering plants
2018-9_BL1102_L43
Wednesday
10-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Multi-purpose laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P24: Carnivorous Plants and Species Determination
2018-9_BL1102_P24
Thursday
11-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L44: Plant signals & behaviour
2018-9_BL1102_L44
Friday
12-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Pat Willmer

Lecture L45: Special Topic - Bees - their importance and their problems
2018-9_BL1102_L45

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L46: Ecology I
2018-9_BL1102_L46
Monday
15-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P25: Rocky Shore
2018-9_BL1102_P25
Tuesday
16-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L47: Ecology II
2018-9_BL1102_L47
Tuesday
16-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P26: Rocky Shore
2018-9_BL1102_P26
Wednesday
17-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L48: Ecology III
2018-9_BL1102_L48
Wednesday
17-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P27: Rocky Shore
2018-9_BL1102_P27
Thursday
18-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L49: Ecology IV
2018-9_BL1102_L49
Friday
19-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L50: Ecology V
2018-9_BL1102_L50

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
22-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L51: Flowering plants and the Tree of Life
2018-9_BL1102_L51
Monday
22-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Botanic gardens
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P28: Visit to Botanic Gardens
2018-9_BL1102_P28
Tuesday
23-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L52: Flowering plant families
2018-9_BL1102_L52
Tuesday
23-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Botanic gardens
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P29: Visit to Botanic Gardens
2018-9_BL1102_P29
Wednesday
24-04-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Chemistry
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Thomas Meagher

Lecture L53: Flowering plant origins and biodiversity
2018-9_BL1102_L53
Wednesday
24-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Offsite
Botanic gardens
Prof Thomas Meagher

Practical P30: Visit to Botanic Gardens
2018-9_BL1102_P30
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%*

Assessment:
Data presentation
Due by:
13/02/2019 14:00
Feedback due by:
06/03/2019 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
20%
Assessment:
Essay
Due by:
01/04/2019 14:00
Feedback due by:
22/04/2019 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%
Assessment:
Mammalian Skulls
Due by:
08/04/2019 14:00
Feedback due by:
29/04/2019 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
30%

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 February 2019 23:20:13.)


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 Iain Matthews imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Iain Matthews imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Iain Matthews imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Iain Matthews imm7@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)

For advice and support on any issue e.g. academic, financial, international, personal or health matters, or if you are unsure of who to go to for help:

Advice & Support Centre

Address: 79 North Street, St Andrews

Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Web: https://www.standrews.ac.uk/ask-a-question/

Tel: 01334 462020

University assistance with urgent matters out of office hours:

Tel: 01334 476161

Web: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/counselling/incrisis/

Biology Teaching Office:

We are happy to hear from you about teaching matters. The School of Biology Teaching Office is open Monday to Friday 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00. School of Biology staff will respond to your emails during these hours. Our team will provide a response to you within three working days.

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 463602/3566

BL1102: Contributing Staff

Dr Iain Matthews

Dr Iain Matthews
(Module Organiser)

Senior Teaching Fellow & Pro-Dean for the Faculty of Scienceimm7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Miguel BarbosaDr Miguel BarbosaAssociate Lecturer (Education Focussed)mb334@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Grant BrownDr Grant BrownLead Demonstratorgrb31@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Dave FerrierDr Dave FerrierReader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institutedekf@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 Susan HealyProf Susan HealyProfessorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Kevin LalandProf Kevin LalandProfessorknl1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Iain MatthewsDr Iain Matthews
(Module Organiser)
Senior 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 Graeme RuxtonProf Graeme RuxtonProfessorgr41@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr V Anne SmithDr V Anne SmithSenior Lecturervas1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Mike WebsterDr Mike WebsterLecturer 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)