Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3323 Terrestrial Zoology

(BL3323 online module handbook version 40)

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This module covers the biology of land animals, including their early evolution, their strategies to cope with unusual terrestrial habitats (extremes of hot, arid and cold, urban life, island life, etc, including climate change effects), and their special problems with reproduction and locomotion. It then looks at insights gained from modern techniques, including molecular, bioinformatics and bar-coding approaches, bio-logging and tracking, and developmental adaptations. It concludes with special topics on particular animals or groups that have improved our understanding of terrestrial peculiarities, whether behavioural, sensory, physiological, mechanical, metabolic or ecological; and of threats to terrestrial diversity for certain groups.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Prof Christian Rutz
cr68@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463340
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL2310 and ( pass BL2304 or pass BL2308 )*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
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

BL3323: Timetable

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

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
17-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Gerald Prescott
Prof Christian Rutz
Lecture L1: Introduction to the module AND Recap: Evolution of early terrestrial animal life
2018-9_BL3323_L1
Tuesday
18-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L2: The biology of torpor
2018-9_BL3323_L2
Wednesday
19-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L3: Specialities of polar/tundra animals
2018-9_BL3323_L3

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
24-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L4: Polar animals and links with climate change issues
2018-9_BL3323_L4
Tuesday
25-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L5: Specialities of desert animals
2018-9_BL3323_L5
Wednesday
26-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L6: More desert animals, and links with desertification
2018-9_BL3323_L6

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L7: Special problems of island animals 1
2018-9_BL3323_L7
Tuesday
02-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L8: Special problems of island animals 2
2018-9_BL3323_L8
Wednesday
03-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L9: Living in caves and other subterranean habitats
2018-9_BL3323_L9

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
08-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L10: Animals with special diets, and digestive tricks
2018-9_BL3323_L10
Tuesday
09-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L11: Locomotory strategies -- walking etc.
2018-9_BL3323_L11
Wednesday
10-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L12: Locomotory strategies -- flying
2018-9_BL3323_L12

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Grant Brown

Lecture L13: Lecture relating to Practicals 1/2
2018-9_BL3323_L13
Tuesday
16-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
sdh

Lecture L14: Hummingbirds and other high BMR animals
2018-9_BL3323_L14
Wednesday
17-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
sdh

Lecture L15: Star-nosed moles and peculiar sensory ecologies
2018-9_BL3323_L15
Thursday
18-10-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
PC Lab (Room A21)
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P1: Measuring influences of terrestrial environment on various traits
2018-9_BL3323_P1
Friday
19-10-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
PC Lab (Room A21)
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P2: Measuring influences of terrestrial environment on various traits
2018-9_BL3323_P2

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L16: Insights from molecular advances/genomics
2018-9_BL3323_L16
Tuesday
30-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L17: Bio-logging: tracking wild animals
2018-9_BL3323_L17
Wednesday
31-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
ExternalSpeaker

Lecture L18: DNA barcoding (Guest Lecturer: Prof. Pete Hollingsworth)
2018-9_BL3323_L18

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Mike Ritchie

Lecture L19: Gene editing and CRISPR
2018-9_BL3323_L19
Tuesday
06-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L20: Developmental biology and genetics of adaptation
2018-9_BL3323_L20
Wednesday
07-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L21: Animals coping with urban environments
2018-9_BL3323_L21
Thursday
08-11-2018
09:00 to 13:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P3: Barcoding techniques with terrestrial invertebrates
2018-9_BL3323_P3
Friday
09-11-2018
09:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P4: Barcoding techniques with terrestrial invertebrates
2018-9_BL3323_P4

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L22: Reproductive strategies -- diverse sexual systems
2018-9_BL3323_L22
Tuesday
13-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L23: Reproductive strategies -- life histories and resource allocation
2018-9_BL3323_L23
Wednesday
14-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L24: Aspects of amphibians and their decline
2018-9_BL3323_L24

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Nathan Bailey

Lecture L25: Bioacoustics in land animals
2018-9_BL3323_L25
Tuesday
20-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L26: Predation ecology in raptors
2018-9_BL3323_L26
Wednesday
21-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L27: Tool-using animals
2018-9_BL3323_L27
Friday
23-11-2018
09:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Christian Rutz

Other O1: Group seminars
2018-9_BL3323_O1

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L28: Migratory birds and animals, and problems posed
2018-9_BL3323_L28
Tuesday
27-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Andy Gardner

Lecture L29: Eusocial insects
2018-9_BL3323_L29
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)

BL3323: Assessment

3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%*

Assessment:
Morphometrics
Due by:
02/11/2018 10:00
Feedback due by:
23/11/2018 10:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
1%
Assessment:
Barcoding
Due by:
23/11/2018 10:00
Feedback due by:
14/12/2018 10:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
1%

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2018 23:20:12.)


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 (Prof Christian Rutz cr68@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Christian Rutz cr68@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Christian Rutz cr68@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Christian Rutz cr68@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

BL3323: Contributing Staff

Prof Christian Rutz

Prof Christian Rutz
(Module Organiser)

Professor of Biologycr68@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Nathan BaileyDr Nathan BaileyReadernwb3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Marcus BischoffDr Marcus BischoffLecturermb273@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Grant BrownDr Grant BrownLead Demonstratorgrb31@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Will CresswellProf Will CresswellProfessor of Biologywrlc@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Verena Dietrich-BischoffDr Verena Dietrich-BischoffTeaching Fellowvdb@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 Bill HeitlerDr Bill HeitlerReaderwjh@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottSenior Lecturergrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Mike RitchieProf Mike RitchieProfessormgr@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Christian RutzProf Christian Rutz
(Module Organiser)
Professor of Biologycr68@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Graeme RuxtonProf Graeme RuxtonProfessorgr41@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr David ShukerDr David ShukerSenior Lecturer in Behavioural Ecologydms14@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)

BL3323: Learning Outcomes

The module objectives are to develop knowledge and understanding of:
+ the timing and patterns of the evolution of animal life on land;
+ key adaptations of terrestrial animals, for (amongst other things) locomotion, feeding, reproduction, and sensory information gathering;
+ animal specialisations in particularly challenging terrestrial habitats;
+ how cutting-edge methods -- such as molecular and genomic techniques, and animal tracking technologies -- are changing our understanding of terrestrial zoology;
+ key aspects of animals €™ importance in terrestrial ecosystems;
+ how core zoology matters in our approach to studying behaviour, ecology and evolution.

Students completing module BL3323 successfully should be able to:

  • + an understanding of all of the above objectives;
  • + improved ability to search for, understand, and precis evidence reported in the primary literature;
  • + appreciation of the importance of animal function and adaptation in terrestrial ecology and evolution.
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)

BL3323: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Species identification (Invertebrates)

Transferable Skills

  • Long group presentation on given topic (>15 min)
  • Q+A poster session
  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding literature
  • Data analysis (depending on project)
  • 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)