Programme Specification: Part IB Animal Biology
This course is taught by the Department of Zoology.
- to show how the form, function and behaviour of animals become adapted to the environment through evolution;
- to elucidate general biological principles through the study of specialised or experimentally tractable systems;
- to prepare students for Part II courses that require knowledge of animal biology at the systems and organismal levels;
- to develop students' practical scientific skills.
At the end of the course, students should be:
- able to appreciate the complexities of biological organisation and be able to address scientifically controversial issues in a rational way;
- able to interpret material in terms of biological function and the effect of natural selection;
- able to analyse and report on material learned;
- able to assess the scope of animal biology and be able to select particular areas for further study;
- aware of the breadth of studies on the biology of animals as they relate to the evolution, function, behaviour and behavioural ecology of animals;
- able to integrate related topics from separate parts of the course.
Teaching and learning methods
These include lectures, supervisions and practical classes.
Assessment for this course is through
- two unseen written examinations, based on lecture material (for aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-6);
- continuous assessment of practical work (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1- 6).
Courses of Preparation
NST Part IA Evolution and Behaviour (particularly helpful);
NST Part IA Biology of Cells (helpful);
NST Part IA Physiology of Organisms (helpful).