Biodiversity and function

Course Code :1004FBDBIC
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:60
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Els Prinsen
Ronny Blust
Lucia Vergauwen

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The course contains four major parts:
- Evolution and Biological Classification: includes the history of evolution, general principles of micro-evolution, natural selection, macro-evolutionary events and the timescale in which these processes occur, biological nomenclature and methods of classification.
- Overview of the Animal Kingdom: the major animal phyla are discussed in frame of their typical morphology and evolutionary transitions.
- Diversity, Form and Function of Plants: covers a very brief overview of protista, algae, fungi and higher plants, their phylogeny combined with examples of cohabitation e.g. symbiosis, pathogenesis. The relation ‘form and function’ is discussed in frame of the major plant physiological and biochemical processes.
- Form and Function of Animals: The role of adaptation mechanisms allowing the adaptation of animals to changing conditions.