Courses Catalogue

Lower Vertebrate Biology

COURSE CODE: BIO 1203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Biology) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course will introduce the students to a wide range of vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).  The course will look at Vertebrate origins, evolution and characteristics. The origins, fossil record, characteristic features, adaptive radiation and array of vertebrates’ race illustrated by reference to the following groups: ostracoderms, placoderms, cyclostomes, cartilaginous and bony fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The evolutionary morphology, phylogeny and natural history of the above-mentioned groups will be emphasized.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION

This course unit equips teacher trainees with broad knowledge required to teach the different groups/classes of vertebrates at secondary schools

 

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:

·                     Distinguish Protochordates and chordates from all other animal phyla.

·                     Describe the origins and evolution of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles,        birds and mammals.

·                     Review the taxonomic classification of vertebrate classes.

·                     Introduce the students to some aspects of the ecology of fish, amphibians,         reptiles, birds and mammals

·                     To appreciate the structural and physiological adaptations of vertebrates

·                     Overview of the economic importance of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and       mammals