Animal Biology

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Animal Biology

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Animal Science, Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to the diversity, functional morphology, and evolution of the major groups of animals, and protozoans. The objective of this course is to provide a broad understanding of animal diversity, morphology, and life processes of animals so as to build a solid foundation for more advanced courses in animal biology.
    The emphasis of the course will be on the major features of each group in terms of morphology, function, ecology and evolutionary relationships with other groups. Important steps in the evolution of animals, especially those that led to the diversification of particular groups and to the colonisation of land by invertebrates and vertebrates, will be highlighted.
    In the laboratory component of the course students will examine live and preserved material, slides and whole mounts, in order to become familiar and be able to reliably recognise all of the major groups and subgroups of the animals.
    The objective of this course is to provide a broad understanding of animal diversity, morphology, and life processes of animals so as to build a solid foundation for more advanced courses in Animal Biology. This course includes a brief study of eukaryotic cellular organisation with focus on animal cells and introduces the basic concepts in animal biology. The diversity, general characteristics, functional morphology and evolutionary relationships of major animal and protozoan groups will be covered. Important features with reference to life cycles and ecology will be included. Any evolutionary innovations in a particular group and diversification will be highlighted.
    LEARNING OUTCOMES: On successful completion of the course students should be able to
    - describe animal cell organisation and explain the concept of multicellularity.
    - define the scientific terms in relation to animal structure and function.
    - identify and classify animals into main biological categories.
    - draw diagrams and explain the basic structure-function of animals.
    - relate any major adaptations of different animal groups to their respective environments.
    -summarize evolutionary relationships between major animal groups.
    - use the microscopic skills and do simple experiments to illustrate a concept and write a report.
    Integrated Principles of Zoology, 15th Edition (2011) by Hickman, Jr. C.P., Roberts, L.S.,
    Keen, S.L., Eisenhour, D.J., Larson, A., and I?Anson, H. McGraw- Hill
    Test 1: 10%
    Test 2: 10%
    Labs: 30%
    Final Exam: 50%

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