Module Title:Animal and Human Biology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in four theory classes of one hour duration and one two hour practical per week. Practical sessions and theory will be synchronised. Synopsised lecture notes will be available for downloading by the students. Instructions for practicals will be provided in the form of photocopied exerpts from the in-house practical manual. Students will be regularly expected to reply to questions during both theory and practical sessions. Questions relating to the course will be discussed during or after lectures/practicals. Students will be referred to specialised texts available in the library and to scientific Internet resources where applicable. The practical component will: Allow the students to develop technical competency and Health and Safety protocols. Train the student in punctual submission of reports and in accurate report writing. Encourage team work and cooperative problem solving.
Module Aim: To provide a comprehensive overview of the Animal kingdom, its evolution and diversity, focusing on Human anatomy. The module will provide practical skills essential for further studies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 LO 1: Students will be able to describe the distinguishing characterstics and phyla of the animal Kingdom and the evolutionary processes that shaped this Kingdom
LO2 LO 3: Students will be able to discuss the fundamental features of animal anatomy focusing on Human anatomy including tissue types and organ systems.
LO3 LO 4: Students will be competent in a wide variety of laboratory techniques in Animal Biology including histological and dissection techniques
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
LO 1: Animal Kingdom evolution and characteristics
Evolutionary history, distinguishing features (blastula, movement, senses, collagen, tissues)
L02: Animal diversity
Numbers and diversity of living animals, (Extinct v Extant species) review of the major living phyla (Arthropoda, Mollusca, Porifera, Annelidia, Chordata etc) and orders in Chordata (reptilia, aves, pieces, mammalia, amphibia etc)
LO 3: Animal Anatomy
Common features of animal body structure and anatomy, body symmetry (Bilateral vs radial), Proteostomes v deuterostomes, Diplobastic v triplobastic, Tissue types and functions, organ systems and functions. Comparative anatomies, Human evolution and anatomy. Students will be able to identify the main organs of all human systems and understand their main functions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the CA/Practical and Final Examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions n/a 1,2 60.00 Week 6
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will be assessed on the quality of their written reports. These should demonstrate their ability to explain, in their own words, the theory/principle behind the practical, materials and methods used, clear and detailed observations and their interpretation of their observations. Practical skill will be assessed at the end of each term via practical examinations. Students will also be required to complete one oral presentation describing a practical of their choice (theory, methods used, their results and their interpretation and conclusions. 3 40.00 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

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