Animal Morphology (from Sea Sponges to Vertebrates)

Course content

In this course we study the entire Animal Kingdom covering marine, freshwater, and terrestrial animals from the simplest forms to vertebrates. Teachers are all experts in their topics from Natural History Museum and from Department of Biology. We will give detailed and well-illustrated lectures of all major animal groups, which are integrated with student laboratory practicals. We dissect and demonstrate representatives from most animal phyla with emphasis on their morphology, development, and general biology. In the lectures, we put emphasis on topics such as embryology, larval development, life cycles, body skeletons, motility, reproduction, and managing of body functions in general. We emphasize an evolutionary approach, where animal structure and function is seen in the context of both phylogeny and adaptation. You will also get hands on training using innovative morphological instruments and learn how to interpret digitalized results from videos of live animal and from electron and confocal microcopy. We make much use of the specimens in the Natural History Museum, including show around in the museum collections and information on the use of the collections in research and outreach to the public. By focussing solely on zoology and by integrating newest research, the course represents a significant expansion of the zoological part of ‘organismernes diversitet’.

Education

MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

The student will gain knowledge about evolution and morphology of marine, freshwater, terrestrial animals from the simplest forms to vertebrates.


Skills:

After having participated in the course the student can describe the variation in body organization and function within the Animal Kingdom and give examples on how non-related organs can serve the same function (convergence), as well as on how the same original structure through evolution can end up serving quite different functions (homology). The student will also be able to dissect specimens of most larger animal groups and present arguments for how they should placed in the Animal Kingdom and account for aspects of the morphological, fossil and molecular background for current hypotheses concerning animal classification


Competences:

The student will obtain a broad knowledge of the diversity and evolution of the entire Animal Kingdom from the simplest forms (e.g., sea sponges) to mammals and birds. The course has its basis in classical zoology and at the same time cover the newest research within morphology, systematic and evolution of all important animal groups. The course provides an ideal background for other courses in biology (e.g., ecology and physiology) and is also a useful supporting course for palaeontologists. The course provides an essensial basis for many types of professions within sustainability, marine biology and conservation.

Lectures and practical exercises

See Absalon.

Oral
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes, without preparation time
Exam registration requirements

At least 80% participation in lectures, exercises and presentations.

 

Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Re-exam

As the ordinary exam.

If the exam registration requirements is not fulfilled they can be fulfilled before the re-exam if the student hand in an assignment 2 weeks before the re-exam at the latest, about the subjects that have been covered in the classes where the student has not participated. The assignment must be approved by the teacher.

 

 

Criteria for exam assessment

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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 66
  • Preparation
  • 89
  • Practical exercises
  • 50
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
NNMK15004U
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Duration

1 block

Placement
Block 4
Schedulegroup
A
Capacity
40 students
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Studyboard
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • The Natural History Museum of Denmark
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Jørgen Olesen   (7-6e73706977697244777271326f7932686f)
Teacher

Natural History Museum of Denmark: Jørgen Olesen, Martin V. Sørensen, Peter Rask Møller, Peter A. Hossner, and Mark D. Scherz.
Department of Biology: A. Garm and Katrine Worsaae.

Saved on the 28-02-2023

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