Project in Zoology
Students will develop a research question, plan an appropriate methodological approach, and collect and analyse the data from that investigation under the guidance of an allocated project supervisor. The project may take a number of approaches and may include, but is not limited to, a combination of laboratory, fieldwork or secondary data collection and analysis and will consider any health and safety issues, and ethical issues as well as developing scientific communication skills.
In this unit students will look at the main features and way of life of different vertebrates and compared and contrast and how aspects of physiology, biomechanics, ecology and behaviour have responded to different selection pressures throughout vertebrate evolution.
Movement Physiology and Ecology
This unit will discuss key physiological adaptations in animals and plants, and use them to explain how organisms disperse, locomote and migrate.
Conservation and Genetics of Populations
Within the context of evolutionary genetics, this unit will encompass topics in evolutionary biology, population genetics and the genetic basis of biological problems in conservation.
Genetic Data and Analysis
This unit will explore genetic and genomic research to address problems in evolution, human health, and conservation with an emphasis on genetic data and analysis.
The Social Life of Animals
This unit will discuss the variation in social behaviour and communication between and within species in relation to ecological requirements and the evolution of cognition.
Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour
This unit observes the key elements of the basic taxonomy, biology, ecology and behaviour of groups such as birds, mammals and insects.
Biological Responses to Environmental Change
You will examine the physiological, behavioural, ecological and distributional changes in species that result from global change, and consider community and ecosystem consequences of these.
This unit explores advanced molecular biology techniques for the analysis of DNA in different forensic contexts.
Tropical Field Course
The tropic field course will provide experience of tropical habitats and the biodiversity that they support. There will be an emphasis on identification skills, the methods needed to study and carry out research in tropical habitats and also assess human impacts on these ecosystems. An integral element will be learning the skills to identify key plants, animals and habitats, and particularly those which require conservation management.
Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Services
This unit will explore contemporary issues in coastal ecology, conservation and restoration, and examine the unique organisms that live where the land meets the sea. Example topics will include methods of coastal management and restoration, the basis of coastal ecosystem services and the links between coastal community livelihoods and coastal biodiversity.
The Undergraduate Consultancy
This unit challenges students to deliver high-quality outputs from live projects to address the needs of professional clients.