Systematic Biology and Biodiversity

Mahidol University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Systematic Biology and Biodiversity

  • Host University

    Mahidol University

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    Classification and taxonomy of all living organisms into the kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species; morphology; physiology, evolution, diversity and roles in the ecosystem and environment.

    Required reading:
    Campbell et al. Biology: a global approach, 10e, 11e. Pearson Education. 2015, 2016. Chapters 25 through 34

    Required reference sites:
    Taxon descriptions and phylogenies at
    Phylogenetic trees at

    Recommended reading:
    Dawkins, Richard. The Ancestor’s Tale. Penguin Books, 2004. Available online in print and Kindle versions.

    Suggested reading:
    Tudge, Colin. The Variety of Life. Oxford University Press. 2000. Print version only available


    • Three tests (85%) will assess your knowledge of the names, features and broadly accepted relationships between presented domain to family taxons that represent the major branches of the tree of life.
    • Three group assignments will constitute 15% of the grade.
    • Attending less than 80% of class meetings (< 19 out of 24) will prohibit you from taking the final test.

    80% attendance required to avoid automatic F.

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