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COURSE NUMBER: BIOL 343
COURSE TITLE: Integrated Zoology
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Darcy Visscher
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: Integrated Zoology takes a systems based approach to understanding the connection between organismal form and function within a phylogenetic context. The selective pressures of a changing world and environmental conditions ensure that organisms are in continuous modification, becoming adapted to fill the endless niches found on earth through out geological time. The focus is on a comparison of body plans, morphology, and life cycles that facilitate the locomotion, reproduction, and homeostasis of organisms ranging from protozoans to the invertebrates and vertebrates. Laboratory exercises expose students to the diversity of living animals and demonstrate basic morphological specializations of representative organisms.

Prerequisites: BIOL 210, 211
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Fenton, Campbell, Dumont & Owen (2014). Integrative Animal Biology. 1st Edition. Nelson Education Publishing.
  • The King’s University Integrated Zoology Laboratory Manual
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Assignments30%
Mid-term I 10%
Mid-term II 10%
Final Exam 25%
Lab Manual and Drawings10%
Laboratory Exam 15%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction and body plans
  • Classification
  • Evolution and Fossils
  • Larvae and Life Cycles
  • Locomotion
  • Feeding
  • Digestion
  • Symbiosis and parasitism
  • Gaseous Exchange
  • Circulation
  • Excretion
  • Reproduction
  • Neural Integration
  • Behavior and Human Interactions
LAB OUTLINE:
  • Classification and evolution
  • Porifera and Cnidaria
  • Mollusca
  • Arthropoda: Diversity & Relatives
  • Insect head & Flight System
  • Chondricthyes
  • Aves 
  • Mammalia



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