BIOL210-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Vertebrate Biology

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021

Description

The comparative anatomy, general biology, ecology, physiology and evolutionary history of the vertebrates.

The course aims to introduce students to the phylum Chordata – animals with backbones. It will provide information on the phylogenetic relationships of the different groups that comprise the phylum, and in particular demonstrate how evolutionary processes have shaped this major group of animals.

Lectures include:
• Origins of the phylum Chordata
• Life in the sea – origins and radiations of the fishes
• Movement onto land – the emergence of the tetrapods
• Locomotion – swimming, walking, flying
• Dinosaurs and other reptiles
• Birds and mammals – successful homeotherms
• Extinction and future of the vertebrates

Learning Outcomes

  • As a Student in this Course, I will:
  • Have knowledge about the different classes within the phylum and their phylogenetic relationships (assessment tasks: lab reports, lab exam and final exam; Critically competent)
  • Have knowledge of the chronology of the emergence of different groups of vertebrates, and key events in their evolution (assessment tasks: lab reports, lab exam and final exam; Critically competent; Globally aware)
  • Understand the role of extinction events in shaping the diversity of vertebrates (assessment
    tasks: final exam; Critically competent; Globally aware)
  • Have detailed knowledge of the anatomy of vertebrates, and how form relates to function in
    an evolutionary context (assessment tasks: lab reports, lab exam and final exam; Critically
    competent)
  • Have detailed knowledge of the identifying features of vertebrates (assessment tasks: lab
    reports, lab exam and final exam; Critically competent)
  • Have detailed knowledge on the diversity of vertebrates in New Zealand, their evolutionary
    history and how they have been affected by human settlement (assessment tasks: lab
    reports, lab exam, final exam; Critically competent; Biculturally competent and confident;
    Globally aware)
  • Be able to use the library to find research material and to use that information to write
    essays (assessment tasks: essay; Critically competent; employable, innovative and
    enterprising)

    Transferable Skills
    As a Student in this Course, you will develop the following skills:
  • An ability to dissect a range of vertebrate animals, and thus have the technical knowledge
    and skills to examine the internal anatomy of any animal (Critically competent; Employable,
    innovative and enterprising)
  • Synthesising information from primary literature (Critically competent; Employable,
    innovative and enterprising)
  • Writing a report on findings. Communication of science is fundamental to its use and
    advancement (Critically competent; Employable, innovative and enterprising)
  • An understanding of the diversity of the New Zealand vertebrate fauna and how it arose
    (Critically competent; Biculturally competent and confident)

Pre-requisites

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 E12 (19/7-23/8, 13/9-4/10)
Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre (11/10-18/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 14:00 West 505 19 Jul - 29 Aug
02 Friday 12:00 - 15:00 West 505 19 Jul - 29 Aug

Timetable Note

It is compulsory to wear a lab coat and safety glasses in the laboratory.

To purchase approved safety glasses, lab or coats go to https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/shop/.
The collection point for purchases is inside the southern entry to the Ernest Rutherford Building, Monday to Friday between the hours 8.30 – 10.00 am and 1.30 – 3.00 pm for the first two weeks of the semester.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jim Briskie

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Pough, F. Harvey. , Janis, Christine M., Heiser, John B; Vertebrate life; 9th ed; Pearson, 2013 (9th or 10th Edition).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* 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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