Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3323 Terrestrial Zoology

(BL3323 online module handbook version 14)

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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 SHOULD PASS BL2304 AND PASS BL2308. BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL2304 AND PASS BL2308*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

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
18-09-2017
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
2017-8_BL3323_L1
Tuesday
19-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Gerald Prescott

Lecture L2: The biology of torpor
2017-8_BL3323_L2
Wednesday
20-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L3: Specialities of polar/tundra animals
2017-8_BL3323_L3

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L4: Polar animals and links with climate change issues
2017-8_BL3323_L4
Tuesday
26-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L5: Specialities of desert animals
2017-8_BL3323_L5
Wednesday
27-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L6: More desert animals, and links with desertification
2017-8_BL3323_L6

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L7: Special problems of island animals 1
2017-8_BL3323_L7
Tuesday
03-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L8: Special problems of island animals 2
2017-8_BL3323_L8
Wednesday
04-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L9: Living at altitude, living deep in caves
2017-8_BL3323_L9

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L10: Locomotory strategies -- walking etc.
2017-8_BL3323_L10
Tuesday
10-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Bill Heitler

Lecture L11: Locomotory strategies -- flying
2017-8_BL3323_L11
Wednesday
11-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L12: Animals with special diets, and digestive tricks
2017-8_BL3323_L12

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L13: Animals coping with urban environments
2017-8_BL3323_L13
Tuesday
17-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L14: Reproductive strategies -- diverse sexual systems
2017-8_BL3323_L14
Wednesday
18-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr David Shuker

Lecture L15: Reproductive strategies -- life histories and resource allocation
2017-8_BL3323_L15
Thursday
19-10-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
PC Lab (Room A21)
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P1: Measuring influences of terrestrial environment on various traits
2017-8_BL3323_P1
Friday
20-10-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
PC Lab (Room A21)
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P2: Measuring influences of terrestrial environment on various traits
2017-8_BL3323_P2

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
30-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L16: Insights from molecular advances/genomics
2017-8_BL3323_L16
Tuesday
31-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L17: Bio-logging: tracking wild animals
2017-8_BL3323_L17
Wednesday
01-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
ExternalSpeaker

Lecture L18: DNA barcoding
2017-8_BL3323_L18

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
06-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Mike Ritchie

Lecture L19: Gene editing and CRISPR
2017-8_BL3323_L19
Tuesday
07-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L20: Developmental biology and genetics of adaptation
2017-8_BL3323_L20
Wednesday
08-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Pat Willmer

Lecture L21: Cryptobiotic animals, extreme limits of terrestriality
2017-8_BL3323_L21
Thursday
09-11-2017
09:00 to 13:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P3: Barcoding techniques with terrestrial invertebrates
2017-8_BL3323_P3
Friday
10-11-2017
09:00 to 17:00
Purdie Building
Pudie Teaching lab
Dr Grant Brown

Practical P4: Barcoding techniques with terrestrial invertebrates
2017-8_BL3323_P4

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
13-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
sdh

Lecture L22: Hummingbirds and other high BMR animals
2017-8_BL3323_L22
Tuesday
14-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
sdh

Lecture L23: Star-nosed moles and peculiar sensory ecologies
2017-8_BL3323_L23
Wednesday
15-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

Lecture L24: Aspects of amphibians and their decline
2017-8_BL3323_L24

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
20-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Nathan Bailey

Lecture L25: Bioacoustics in land animals
2017-8_BL3323_L25
Tuesday
21-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Lauren Guillette

Lecture L26: Antlions and other trapping predators
2017-8_BL3323_L26
Wednesday
22-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Other


Other O1: [Time to finalise and practice group seminars]
2017-8_BL3323_O1
Friday
24-11-2017
09:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Christian Rutz

Other O2: Group seminars
2017-8_BL3323_O2

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
27-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Will Cresswell

Lecture L27: Migratory birds and animals, and problems posed
2017-8_BL3323_L27
Tuesday
28-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andy Gardner

Lecture L28: Eusocial insects
2017-8_BL3323_L28
Wednesday
29-11-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Christian Rutz

Lecture L29: Tool-using animals
2017-8_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: Reading List

Click for BL3323 reading list

BL3323: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Practical 1
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
30%
Assessment:
Practical 2
Due by:
22/11/2017 12:00
Feedback due by:
13/12/2017 12:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
30%
Assessment:
Seminar
Due by:
24/11/2017 09:00
Feedback due by:
15/12/2017 09:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
40%

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2017 23:20:14.)


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:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

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 FerrierReaderdekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Andy GardnerDr Andy GardnerReaderag243@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Lauren GuilletteDr Lauren GuilletteBBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Fellowlmg4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Bill HeitlerDr Bill HeitlerReaderwjh@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottDirector of Teachinggrp2@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
Prof Pat WillmerProf Pat WillmerProfessorpgw@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

No details are currently available for Learning Outcomes

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

No details are currently available for Acquired Skills

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)