BIOL06023 2019 Diversity of Life

General Details

Full Title
Diversity of Life
Transcript Title
Diversity of Life
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Subject Area
BIOL - Biology
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bill Crowe, Billy Fitzgerald, Fiona Beglane, James Moran, Nicolas Touzet
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSUST_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Sustainable Food Production SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SAGRI_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This teaching unit will introduce students to the diversity and basic biology of organisms, including their interactions with each other and the environment, which are prerequisites for environmental and archaeological sciences.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describing the major groups of organisms and their evolutionary relationships


Demonstrating basic theoretical principles of classification and taxonomy


Performing and reporting on biology laboratory experiments

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and laboratory practicals, which will be augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources. Real field samples will be used for some of the laboratory-based practicals.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (35%), continuous class assessment and reporting of laboratory-based work (65%). The continuous class assessment will involve three-four theory assessments incorporating a series of short questions. Practical work will be assessed via written scientific reports.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Origin of species and evolution (Darwinism, population evolution, taxonomy and phylogeny)
  2. Moneras, protists and fungi (bacteria, archaebacteria, viruses, protists, fungi)
  3. Plant diversity (vascular and non vascular plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms, plant organs and tissues, angiosperm reproduction)
  4. Animal diversity (embryonic development, invertebrate evolution, vertebrate evolution)
  5. Introduction to ecology (ecology and biosphere, ecological populations)
  6. Laboratory practicals (macro- and microscopic observations of the major phyla of the tree of life will be carried out)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Any 1,2
2 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 35 % End of Term 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory Lectures 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-Studying 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-04-25 Campbell Biology, 11th Ed Bukupedia
ISBN 9780134093413 ISBN-13 0134093410

Campbell Biology, 11th Ed

Required Reading
2015-01-05 Biology McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 0078024269 ISBN-13 9780078024269

THE MADER/WINDELSPECHT STORY... The twelfth edition of Biology is a traditional, comprehensive introductory biology textbook, with coverage from Cell Structure and Function to the Conservation of Biodiversity. The book, which centers on the evolution and diversity of organisms, is appropriate for any one- or two-semester biology course. Biology, 12th Edition is the epitome of Sylvia Mader's expertise. Its concise, precise writing-style employs lucid language to present the material as succinctly as possible, enabling studentseven non-majorsto master the foundational concepts before coming to class. Before You Begin, Following the Themes, and Thematic Feature Readings piece together the three major themes of the textevolution, nature of science, and biological systems. Students are consistently engaged in these themes, revealing the interconnectedness of the major topics in biology. Sylvia Mader typifies an icon of science education. Her dedication to her students, coupled with her clear, concise writing-style has benefited the education of thousands of students over the past three decades. The integration of the text and digital world has been achieved with the addition of Dr. Michael Windelspechts facility for the development of digital learning assets. For over ten years, Michael served as the Introductory Biology Coordinator at Appalachian State Universitya program that enrolls over 4,500 non-science majors annually. Michael is the lead architect in the design of McGraw-Hill's Connect Plus and LearnSmart media content for the Mader series. These assets allow instructors to easily design interactive tutorial materials, enhance presentations in both online and traditional environments, and assess the learning objectives and outcomes of the course.

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