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Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

BB10201: Biodiversity 2

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: EX 100%, PR 0%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10200
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To demonstrate the diversity of vertebrate animals and explore key aspects of structure and function in representative groups at each level of organization. To explore the diversity of form, function and structure in the Plant Kingdom.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* describe aspects of structure and function which contribute to the success of animals at different levels of complexity;
* give an account of the defining features of the major groups of plants within the context of evolution.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Problem solving T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

Animals: from germ layers to body cavities; simple metazoans (sponges and coelenterates); 3-types of worm-like animal (nematodes, flatworms and annelids); shell bearing animals (molluscs); invertebrates with an external skeleton (arthropods) - why are insects so successful?; deuterostome invertebrates; what features do all chordates share?; modifications of the primitive chordate morphology; characteristics of vertebrates, tetrapods, amniotes and the consequences of their adaptation.
Plants: What it means to be a plant - constraints and opportunities of converting sunlight into growth; diversity of algal life in relation to aquatic context; evolution of land plants; plant life cycles; vascular systems; leaf form and function; underground organs and clonality; formation of wood and trees; symbiotic associations; sexual reproductive structures and how they relate to the diminution and retention of the gametophyte.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

BB10201 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 1
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.