Diversity of Invertebrates
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Biology, Life Sciences, Zoology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
In this course, we review the major groups of invertebrates which, apart from arthropods, account for most of
the animal species on the planet. The course provides the tools for describing and understanding biodiversity
and many of the species discussed play key ecological and economic roles. We review classification of
invertebrates into major groups and examine some of the extraordinary solutions they have developed to
movement, feeding, sensing and reproduction. Practical sessions illustrate the variety of invertebrate life
and include a field trip to search for specimens on the shore. Key skills include scientific drawing and
dissection and, above all, the skill of species identification, including classification, use of keys and
guidebooks and taxonomic conventions. These skills underpin all ecological resarch and are essential for
many jobs in environmental assessment and monitoring.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.