Biology of Animals

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biology of Animals

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Animal Science, Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to animal structure and function. This course is largely based on the biology of mammals with a strong emphasis on human biology but comparison is made throughout with other animals.

    Course content
    Biology of Animals (BIOL 114) is a broad introductory course which provides you a general introduction to animal structure and function as well as general ecology. While this course is largely based on the biology of mammals with a strong emphasis on human biology, we use a comparative approach using a variety of animals to illustrate similarities and differences in the aspects how different animals evolved and adapted to the challenges of their environment and ecosystem.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    Discipline Knowledge

    • Understand and demonstrate the importance of scientific and critical thinking
    • Appreciate diversity of animal form and function from an evolutionary perspective
    • Relate the biological principles described in the course to animal structures and functions

    Skills and Understanding

    • Demonstrate the practical skills necessary to work efficiently and safely in a biological laboratory
    • Ability to analyse issues logically, considering alternate viewpoints and connecting information from multiple disciplines to make informed decisions

    Life-Long Learning

    • Start developing intellectual independence, scepticism and critical thinking
    • Demonstrate the ability to effectively present information and arguments supported by evidence
    • Understand how to access, gather and carefully scrutinize information from a variety of resources
    • Appreciate the necessity to competently use numeracy

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