|Delivery length / details
|4 x 4 Hour Practicals
|22 x 1 Hour Lectures
|1 x 4 Hour Workshop
|Assessment length / details
|2 Hours Answer two questions.
|Portfolio of dissection drawings
|Comparative anatomy essay (1500 words)
|2 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
|Illustrated essay (1500 words) Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe the main organ systems of different vertebrate classes in terms of structure and function
2. Evaluate adaptations of vertebrate organ systems to different living environments (e.g. marine vs. terrestrial)
3. Prepare dissection specimens to display the structures of vertebrate tissues, organs and organ systems
4. Make clear, detailed anatomical drawings of biological specimens
Dissection classes involving representative examples of major vertebrate groups. Lectures will describe the evolution, form and function of vertebrate organ systems with reference to these examples. Coursework will allow students to extend discussion of vertebrate anatomical diversity, bringing in examples from their self-directed study.
To enable students to develop practical skills in dissection and anatomical drawing.
Two lectures per week: 1 introduction to comparative anatomy, 1 lecture on dissection and biological drawing, 5 lectures each on fish, amphibians, mammals and birds, 1 revision lecture.
|Application of Number
|Students must write an essay and produce clear anatomical drawings.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Students must undertake independent study for their comparative anatomy assignment.
|Students must use literature databases (e.g. Web of Knowledge) to prepare for their coursework and exam.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Students must decide upon a taxonomic group to study for their comparative anatomy essays and decide upon the best way to compare and describe the species.
|Students must use the peer-reviewed scientific literature to support their essays and exam answers.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Dissection Anatomical drawing
This module is at CQFW Level 5