Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2901 Environmental Biology

(BL2901 online module handbook version )

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image: The five kingdoms of life.

Lectures and seminars provide an introduction to environmental and evolutionary topics. Topics include: basic evolutionary theory, and an introduction to the evolution of diversity; animal and plant design, and current patterns of plant and animal diversity; global environments and the biotic challenges they represent: how plants and animals adapt to their environments; current and future environmental problems.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Iain Matthews
imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463004
Pre-requisite Modules:
IF NOT ALREADY PASSED YOU MUST TAKE BL1901*
Anti-requisite Modules:
YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS MODULE IF YOU TAKE BL1002 OR TAKE BL2001 OR TAKE BL2003 OR TAKE BL2004 OR TAKE BL2005*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
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

BL2901: Timetable

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
30-01-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Grant Brown

Lecture L1: Classification and the 5 kingdoms
2017-8_BL2901_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Bute Building
Bell Pettigrew Museum
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P1: Museum Quiz
2017-8_BL2901_P1

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
06-02-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L2: Natural Selection
2017-8_BL2901_L2
Tuesday
06-02-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P2: Adaptations in Mammalian Skulls
2017-8_BL2901_P2

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
13-02-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Grant Brown

Lecture L3: The Kingdom of Monera
2017-8_BL2901_L3
Tuesday
13-02-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P3: Bacterial morphology
2017-8_BL2901_P3

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
20-02-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Grant Brown

Lecture L4: The Kingdom of Protista
2017-8_BL2901_L4
Tuesday
20-02-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P4: Ciliate morphology: a case study of Paramecium
2017-8_BL2901_P4

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
27-02-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Grant Brown

Lecture L5: The Kingdom of Fungi
2017-8_BL2901_L5
Tuesday
27-02-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P5: Ultrastructure of fungal fruiting bodies
2017-8_BL2901_P5

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
06-03-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Grant Brown

Lecture L6: The Kingdom of Plants
2017-8_BL2901_L6
Tuesday
06-03-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P6: Species identification and the use of dichotomous keys
2017-8_BL2901_P6

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
13-03-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L7: The Kingdom of Animals - The Invertebrates
2017-8_BL2901_L7
Tuesday
13-03-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P7: Nephrops Dissection
2017-8_BL2901_P7

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

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
03-04-2018
18:30 to 20:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Other O1: Mid-Term Test
2017-8_BL2901_O1

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
10-04-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L8: The Kingdom of Animals - The Vertebrates
2017-8_BL2901_L8
Tuesday
10-04-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Biomedical Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P8: Fish Dissection
2017-8_BL2901_P8

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
17-04-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L9: Animal Behaviour
2017-8_BL2901_L9
Tuesday
17-04-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P9: The Bee Team video and Discussion
2017-8_BL2901_P9

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
23-04-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P10: Snail Dissection
2017-8_BL2901_P10
Tuesday
24-04-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L10: Sperm Competition
2017-8_BL2901_L10

Semester 2: Week 12

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
30-04-2018
20:00 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P11: The State of the Planet video and Discussion
2017-8_BL2901_P11
Tuesday
01-05-2018
18:30 to 19:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
Dr Grant Brown

Lecture L11: Biodiversity
2017-8_BL2901_L11

Semester 2: Week 13

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
08-05-2018
18:30 to 21:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building


Other O2: No Class - Revision Week
2017-8_BL2901_O2

Semester 2: Week 14

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
15-05-2018
18:30 to 20:30
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Teaching Laboratory
Dr Grant Brown

Other O3: End-Term Test
2017-8_BL2901_O3
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)

BL2901: Reading List

Click for BL2901 reading list

BL2901: Assessment

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

(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 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)

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

BL2901: 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 Grant BrownDr Grant BrownLead Demonstratorgrb31@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
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)

BL2901: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2901 successfully should be able to:

  • Understand the classification and evolution of the major groups of Life
  • Understand the key traits of the species contained in the Kingdom Monera
  • Understand the key traits of the species contained in the Kingdom Protista
  • Understand the key traits of the species contained in the Kingdom Fungi
  • Understand the key traits of the species contained in the Kingdom Plantae
  • Understand the key traits of the species contained in the Kingdom Animalia
  • Have a general understanding of animal behaviour
  • Have a general understanding of animal mating and competition
  • Have a general understanding of the current state of Biodiversity
  • Carry out basic laboratory procedures
  • Use a microscope to examine biological samples
  • Search and reference the scientific literature
  • Write a scientific essay
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)

BL2901: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biological drawing and photography
  • Compound Microscopy
  • Fixing and preserving specimens
  • Handling microbes
  • Measuring structures using microscopes
  • Purpose and practice of dissection
  • Species identification (Botany)
  • Stereomicroscopy
  • Using dichotomous keys

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - participating
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Short essay (1000-2000 words)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information from museums
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Ethical considerations
  • Generating questions
  • Lab safety awareness
  • 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)