BIOL215-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Origins and Classification of Life

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course takes a broad view of the ways biological diversity can be described and classified, and its origins understood. Systematics is the scientific discipline that encompasses the description, identification, nomenclature, and classification of organisms (Taxonomy) and the reconstruction of their macro-evolutionary history (Phylogenetics). Knowing the identity and evolutionary relationships of organisms is crucial to any biological study, but functional classifications are also important. This course is an introduction to the methodology and principles of systematics across all forms of biodiversity (bacteria, plants, fungi, protists, and animals), from morphological to next-generation DNA-based approaches and including functional methods.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


BIOL113, or with the approval of the Head of School. RP: BIOL112

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 A7 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 242 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 010 Computer Lab 10 Sep - 7 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 350 Biology Project Space (1/8-8/8)
Putaiao Koiora 463 (15/8)
30 Jul - 19 Aug
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Putaiao Koiora 463 20 Aug - 26 Aug
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 E13 23 Jul - 29 Jul
8 Oct - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Pieter Pelser

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $865.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

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