Biological Function & Diversity

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biological Function & Diversity

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Co-Requisites: BI101

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Major topics covered include: (i) introduction to animal evolution, anatomy and physiology; (ii) introduction to plant diversity, anatomy and physiology and (iii) introduction to ecology. The animal section focuses on the origin, characteristics and range of vertebrates, the range of adaptations present in vertebrates, the evolution of mammals, primates and humans and gives an introduction to the physiological functions necessary for life. The second part of the course introduces plant diversity with an emphasis on the diversity and anatomy of flowering plants. Also discussed is nutrition in flowering plants, the uptake of water and mineral salts from the soil and carbon from the atmosphere, as well as water relations and translocation. The Ecology section reviews succession and climaxes, mineral cycles and energy in ecosystems.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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