|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Anatomical drawings portfolio (3 x labelled drawings)||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Active learning skeletons report (2000 words with data analysis)||30%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Short answer theory paper||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that lead to failure of the module||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that lead to failure of the module||40%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify the major organs of vertebrates.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the functional anatomy of vertebrate organisms.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of vertebrate organisms.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of vertebrate phylogenetics.
‘Vertebrate Organisms’ will provide a suitable grounding in the core subject matter of vertebrate zoology, for students with zoological or veterinary interests. The anatomical plans of the major groups of vertebrates will be scrutinized and interpreted in terms of their functioning. The taxonomic diversity and evolutionary ancestry of the living vertebrates will also be an integral theme of the module.
There will be three assessed dissection classes. Another practical will utilize the extensive collection of vertebrate skeletons in the IBERS Museum. Students will write a report on characters of a diversity of skeletons, thereby exploring the anatomical relationships discussed in supporting lectures for the dissection and practicals.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Quality evaluation of phylogenetic analysis for the Cladistics practical will require quantitative reasoning.|
|Communication||Cladistics practical will be a research problem and require literature search and synthesis for the report.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||The series of four Anatomy practicals will provide the opportunity for critique and progressive improvement.|
|Information Technology||Specialized software will need to be mastered for the Cladistics data analysis.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Career relevance of anatomical knowledge for animal care will be highlighted.|
|Problem solving||Cladistics practical will involve solving phylogenetic relations using observations on biological specimens.|
|Research skills||Cladistics practical will be a research problem and require literature search and synthesis for the report.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Anatomical knowledge gained in the dissection and Cladistics classes is specific.|
|Team work||Cladistics practical exercise will involve scoring of skeletal characters by a team.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5