|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Coursework (1500 words maximum)||50%|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours Exam||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module.||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours Exam Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module.||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify the features of key plant and animal phyla.
2. Compare and contrast the morphology and anatomy of the major groups and be able to identify representatives of the groups.
3. Discuss physiological adaptations in the context of environmental conditions.
4. Explain how different classification systems are defined and used.
5. Describe the diversity and evolutionary history of a taxon of organisms through the construction of a basic phyologentic tree and accompanying narrative.
You will explore key concepts in taxonomy and phylogenetics through practical classes. You will use your new theoretical knowledge and practical skills to build a basic tree of life to describe the diversity and evolutionary history of a selected group (taxon) of organisms.
We will explore key questions such as:
How has life on Earth evolved?
What organisms do we share our planet with?
How can we put all of the organisms on our planet into some sort of order?
Which organisms are related to each other and what evidence do we have of these relationships?
Taxonomy, phylogenetics and cladistics will be introduced and key concepts in evolution (e.g. micro-evolutionary events, macro-evolutionary events, natural selection and adaptation) will be explored.
The practical classes will introduce students to core elements of taxonomy and phylogenetics. Students will use their theoretical knowledge and practical skills to build a basic tree of life to describe the diversity and evolutionary history of a selected taxon of organisms (tree of life coursework).
The module will be assessed through submission of the tree of life coursework and an exam at the end of the Semester.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Collection and scrutiny of data in terms of quality and quantity. Data interpretation and analysis.|
|Communication||Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and coursework. Feedback will be given.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam. Students will be able to review and monitor their progress and plan for improvement of personal performance. Some of these elements will be assessed in both the examination and coursework. Feedback will be given.|
|Information Technology||Students will use online learning resources to explore core principles of taxonomy and phylogenetics. Students will use a variety of software to reconstruct phylogenies.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students will gain core skills in effective learning and revision strategies.|
|Problem solving||Practical classes will allow students to gain experience in interpreting and analyzing data and writing-up assessed coursework. Students will develop creative approaches to experimental design, critically evaluate their proposed solutions and construct rational proposals in response to experimental challenge.|
|Research skills||Accessing appropriate sources (including the web) for reliable (authentic) information sources and using databases to find information in preparation for the assignments and the exam. Use of information technology will be assessed in both the assignment and exam. Feedback will be given.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will gain key skills in the description of the diversity of life and basic phylogenetic reconstruction. Students will be able to recognise and describe key features of selected examples of unicellular organisms, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. Students will be able to describe core principles underpinning taxonomy, phylogenetics and cladistics. Students will use a variety of software to reconstruct phylogenies. Students will be able to describe key evolutionary concepts.|
|Team work||Students will work in pairs/small groups during practical sessions. They will need to discuss their experimental design and work effectively as a small team in practical classes. This will not be assessed.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4