Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4274 Evolutionary Developmental Biology

(BL4274 online module handbook version 11)

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Evolution of new morphologies involves changes to the development of organisms. The field of evolutionary developmental biology is thus becoming established as a major and essential component of any comprehensive understanding of evolutionary biology. This module aims to cover some of the main, current themes in evolutionary developmental biology. Since animal life evolved in the sea, much of what we can learn about the major events in animal evolution can be obtained from studying marine invertebrates. Consequently the examples covered in this module will tend to be drawn from these organisms.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Dave Ferrier
dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463480
Pre-requisite Modules:
Permission of biology honours adviser required*
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

BL4274: Timetable

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

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
17-09-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L1: Module introduction and Animal Phylogeny lecture
2018-9_BL4274_L1

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
24-09-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T1: Topic 1 - student-led class discussion
2018-9_BL4274_T1
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-10-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T2: Topic 2 - student-led class discussion
2018-9_BL4274_T2
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
08-10-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T3: Topic 3 - student-led class discussion
2018-9_BL4274_T3
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-10-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T4: Feedback class on practise essay.
2018-9_BL4274_T4
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-10-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier
Dr Marcus Bischoff
Tutorial T5: Assessed Fellowship proposal presentations and discussion.
2018-9_BL4274_T5
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-11-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T6: Paper critique class
2018-9_BL4274_T6
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-11-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T7: Assessed essay preparation class.
2018-9_BL4274_T7
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-11-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Other O1: Debate
2018-9_BL4274_O1
See handbook on MMS for further details.

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-11-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.10b
Dr Dave Ferrier

Other O2: Feedback class and module review
2018-9_BL4274_O2
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)

BL4274: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 14 November 2018 23:20:08.)


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

BL4274: Contributing Staff

Dr Dave Ferrier

Dr Dave Ferrier
(Module Organiser)

Reader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institutedekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Marcus BischoffDr Marcus BischoffLecturermb273@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Dave FerrierDr Dave Ferrier
(Module Organiser)
Reader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institutedekf@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)

BL4274: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4274 successfully should be able to:

  • Communicate a deep and balanced appreciation of the evolutionary developmental biology questions and controversies being considered, both verbally and in writing.
  • Find up-to-date, relevant primary research literature that is critically evaluated.
  • Exhibit verbal communication skills that demonstrate the ability to distil a synthesis of research on a topic into a short verbal presentation supported with visual aids.
  • Conduct a verbal discussion to develop the understanding of the entire group and incorporate views and information provided by all group members.
  • Develop questions about a topic in evolutionary developmental biology that improves the understanding of both the questioner and the group.
  • Clearly articulate a critical evaluation of chosen topics in evolutionary developmental biology via essay writing.
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)

BL4274: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - leading
    • Group discussion - participating
    • Journal club
    • Long individual presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
    • Long essay (>2000 words)
    • Research proposal
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding literature
    • Referencing
    • Sourcing figures/tables
    • Generating questions
    • Peer assessment
    • Critiquing experimental design
    • Designing experiments
    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)