University of the South Pacific
Area of Study
Taught In English
BI108: Animal Biology
Course Level Recommendations
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Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Equivalent to MS202. Invertebrates play key roles in all ecosystems and exhibit huge diversity. This course involves the study of invertebrate classification, identification, anatomy, functional biology and evolutionary adaptation to environmental change. A habitat-based approach is used to cover invertebrates living in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments while using case studies to examine the economic and ecological importance of invertebrates in a local, regional and international context. The course also provides a link between 100-level and animal-oriented 300-level degree courses in biology, particularly BI305.
Ninety-five percent of all animals are invertebrates. They play key roles in all ecosystems and exhibit huge diversity.
This course will involve the study of invertebrates and will include a close look at the classification, identification, anatomy, functional biology and adaptation to the environment of this very important group of animals. In this course we will use a habitat-based approach and look in turn at invertebrates living in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Each week, there will be a lecture on taxonomy, functional biology and adaptations plus case studies examining the ecological importance of invertebrates in a local, regional and international context.
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