Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2308 Vertebrate Zoology

(BL2308 online module handbook version 23)

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image: A group of meerkats (Suricata suricatta), one of the most cooperative vertebrates with a complex social structure and highly developed parental care (AnetaPics/Shutterstock)

This module will explore the diversity of vertebrate animals, beginning with the closest relatives of vertebrates and the evolutionary origins of the group. A detailed look at the defining characteristics of the body plans and lifestyles of the key vertebrate groups will illustrate how they carry out basic animal functions in similar or different ways. This will be put in an evolutionary context to reveal the patterns and trends in the vertebrates as a whole, while also highlighting current phylogenetic controversies. The module will then explore some common themes across the key groups, starting with the developmental biology of some vertebrate model systems and the lessons we can learn from these. We will also see how the highly developed brains of vertebrates have allowed the evolution of astonishing sensory capacities and of complex behaviours, and how these are different (or not) from invertebrates.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
vdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 464812
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL1101 AND PASS BL1102*
Anti-requisite Modules:
YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS MODULE IF YOU TAKE BL2102*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL3309, BL3315, BL3318, BL3323*
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

BL2308: Timetable

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-01-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L1: Introduction to module
2017-8_BL2308_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L2: Vertebrate relatives - Echinoderms, hemichordates and non-vertebrate chordates
2017-8_BL2308_L2
Wednesday
31-01-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L3: Fishes 1
2017-8_BL2308_L3
Thursday
01-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Sue Healy
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Practical P1: Introduction to group presentations + Ethics of using vertebrates in research and education
2017-8_BL2308_P1
Friday
02-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Sue Healy
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Practical P2: Introduction to group presentations + Ethics of using vertebrates in research and education
2017-8_BL2308_P2

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L4: Fishes 2
2017-8_BL2308_L4
Tuesday
06-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L5: Fishes 3
2017-8_BL2308_L5

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
14-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Charles Paxton

Lecture L6: Origin of tetrapods
2017-8_BL2308_L6
Thursday
15-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P3: Fish dissection
2017-8_BL2308_P3
Please bring your lab coat and dissection kit
Friday
16-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P4: Fish dissection
2017-8_BL2308_P4
Please bring your lab coat and dissection kit

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Charles Paxton

Lecture L7: Modern amphibians
2017-8_BL2308_L7
Monday
19-02-2018
13:00 to 14:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Charles Paxton

Lecture L8: Origin of reptiles
2017-8_BL2308_L8
Tuesday
20-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Charles Paxton

Lecture L9: Mesozoic reptiles
2017-8_BL2308_L9
Tuesday
20-02-2018
13:00 to 14:00
Mathematical Institute
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Charles Paxton

Lecture L10: Cenozoic and extant reptiles
2017-8_BL2308_L10

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L11: Birds 1
2017-8_BL2308_L11
Tuesday
27-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L12: Birds 2
2017-8_BL2308_L12

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L13: Birds 3
2017-8_BL2308_L13
Tuesday
06-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L14: Mammals 1
2017-8_BL2308_L14

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L15: Mammals 2
2017-8_BL2308_L15
Tuesday
13-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L16: Vertebrate development 1
2017-8_BL2308_L16
Wednesday
14-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L17: Vertebrate development 2
2017-8_BL2308_L17
Thursday
15-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Practical P5: Bird dissection
2017-8_BL2308_P5
Please bring your lab coat and dissection kit
Friday
16-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Practical P6: Bird dissection
2017-8_BL2308_P6
Please bring your lab coat and dissection kit

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

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Other O1: MCQ progress test + Module feedback
2017-8_BL2308_O1
Tuesday
03-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L18: Special senses 1 - Echolocation
2017-8_BL2308_L18

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L19: Special senses 2 - Electric sense
2017-8_BL2308_L19
Tuesday
10-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr V Anne Smith

Lecture L20: Vertebrate behaviour 1 - Vocal learning
2017-8_BL2308_L20
Wednesday
11-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L21: Vertebrate behaviour 2 - Sociality
2017-8_BL2308_L21
Thursday
12-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Dr Charles Paxton
Practical P7: Group presentations
2017-8_BL2308_P7
Friday
13-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
Dr V Anne Smith
Practical P8: Group presentations
2017-8_BL2308_P8

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L22: Vertebrate behaviour 3 - Brood parasitism
2017-8_BL2308_L22
Tuesday
17-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Sue Healy

Lecture L23: Vertebrate brains
2017-8_BL2308_L23

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
23-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Purdie Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Other O2: Exam preparation + Module feedback
2017-8_BL2308_O2
Wednesday
25-04-2018
10:00 to 19:00
Offsite
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Other O3: Trip to Edinburgh Zoo
2017-8_BL2308_O3
This is an optional trip. Date and set-up will be discussed in week 1.
Thursday
26-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P9: Behaviour and morphology of vertebrates
2017-8_BL2308_P9
Friday
27-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Practical P10: Behaviour and morphology of vertebrates
2017-8_BL2308_P10
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)

BL2308: Reading List

Click for BL2308 reading list

BL2308: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Practical report
Due by:
03/04/2018 17:30
Feedback due by:
24/04/2018 17:30
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
60%
Assessment:
Group presentation
Due by:
13/04/2018 17:30
Feedback due by:
04/05/2018 17:30
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
40%

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

BL2308: Contributing Staff

Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
(Module Organiser)

Teaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Marcus BischoffDr Marcus BischoffLecturermb273@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Verena Dietrich-BischoffDr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff
(Module Organiser)
Teaching Fellowvdb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Sue HealyProf Sue HealyProfessorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Iain MatthewsDr Iain MatthewsSenior Teaching Fellow & Pro-Dean for the Faculty of Scienceimm7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Charles PaxtonDr Charles PaxtonResearch Fellowcgp2@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
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)

BL2308: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2308 successfully should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an overview of vertebrate phylogeny
  • Appreciate the controversies involved in phylogenetic reconstruction
  • Identify the defining features of the key vertebrate groups
  • Appreciate how representatives from the key vertebrate groups carry out basic animal functions in similar or different ways
  • Discuss sensory and behavioural capacities of vertebrates
  • Discuss the use of vertebrates in research and the ethical implications
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)

BL2308: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biological drawing and photography
  • Purpose and practice of dissection
  • Stereomicroscopy

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - leading
  • Group discussion - participating
  • Long group presentation on given topic (>15 min)
  • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Searching databases
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Ethical considerations
  • Peer assessment
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Data analysis
  • Data presentation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Produce tables
  • Use Excel
  • Use R or R Studio
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Generate class dataset
  • Managing a team
  • Organising group work
  • 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)