Animal Diversity

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Animal Diversity

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Animal Science, Biology, Wildlife Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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


    Evolution of animal diversity; Animal architecture; Environmental considerations; Invertebrate classification and relationships - the Protozoans, the Poriferans and Placozoans, Introduction to the hydrostatic skeleton, the Cnidarians, the Platyhelminthes, the Nemertines, the Molluscs, the Annelids and Sipunculans, the Arthropods, the Nematodes, the Echinoderms; An overview of invertebrate reproduction and development. Comparative vertebrate morphology; Historical predecessors-evolution; Definition of the phylum Chordata; Chordate characteristics; Protochordates; Vertebrate classification; Agnathans, Gnathostomes, Teleostomi, Tetrapods, Amniotes; Biological design; size and shape, structural analysis, functional analysis, ecological analysis; Introduction to animal behaviour and the influences of environment on such behaviour; Comparison of the processes of homeostasis and control in vertebrate and invertebrate body systems; Assessment of the importance of animal diversity to biological sciences and the environment.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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