Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Describe the characteristics of chordates and marine vertebrates.
- Determine the ecology including migration patterns and behaviour of marine vertebrates.
- Identify the main marine vertebrate taxa.
Topics will include:
- Introduction and the characteristics and faunal affinities of marine vertebrates
- Fish: taxonomy, ecology, reproduction and behaviour of agnathans, elasmobranchs and teleosts
- Reptiles: taxonomy and characteristics, ecology reproduction of turtles, crocodiles and aligators, iguanas and sea snakes
- Birds: origin and structure, ecological adaptations of wading, oceanic and flightless birds.
- Mammals: characteristics and ecology including behaviour of carnivores including pinnipeds, mustelids and polar bear, dolphins and whales and sirenians.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Formal lectures: will provide an introduction to the theory underlying the characteristics and faunal affinities of marine vertebrates. Topics covered will include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Visit: A visit to the Natural History Museum to see representatives of the different types of vertebrates in both whole and skeletonized form.
A wide range of support is available for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Practical classes and workshops||2|
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.