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Unit information: Diversity of Life Part B in 2020/21

Unit name Diversity of Life Part B
Unit code BIOL10007
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Murray
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit will expand upon the principles established in the Diversity of Life Part A unit to include plants, as well as mammals, birds and other vertebrates. It will cover organism form, structure, genetic variation, life cycle, adaptations and ecology.


To equip students with the broadest range of intellectual and practical skills and to fit them to confront the diverse biological questions they will meet in their future careers. This includes a clear understanding of the factors that mould living organisms, and knowledge of the diversity of the major groups of organisms.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to implement successful independent study techniques;
  2. Recognise and identify a variety of life forms on Planet Earth;
  3. Observe and apply knowledge of the life forms on Planet Earth;
  4. Apply and use a range of biological practical skills.
  5. Have gained experience in written communication skills with an ability to relay scientific information with clarity.

Teaching details

A combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities including lectures, directed reading, research and/or problem-solving activities; practical exercises and independent study.

Assessment Details

The unit mark is comprised of:

  • 60%: a 1 hour multiple choice question exam. Tests ILOs 1, 2, 3.
  • 40%: written work. Tests ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4.

Reading and References

Biology 12th Edition By Peter Raven and George Johnson and Kenneth Mason and Jonathan Losos