The
University
of
the
West
Indies

BIOL1051 - Biodiversity I

2012/2013

Department
of
Biological
and
Chemical
Sciences

Week Lectures Practicals

1

3-Sep

1 - Course Introduction/ Evolutionary theories (HV)
2 - Evolution - mechanisms

NO PRACTICAL

2

10-Sep

3 - The fossil record (HV)
4 - Introduction to ecology - ecosystems, habitats and niche (JW)

Variation within species (HV)

3

17-Sep

5 - Competition (JW)
6 - Predation (and biological pest control) (JW)

A study in species competition

4

24-Sep

7 - Symbioses
8 - Cataloguing biodiversity

NO PRACTICAL

5

1-Oct

9 - Principles of classification and taxonomy (RM)
10 - Taxonomic classification of plants (RM)
Microscopy (ML)

6

8-Oct

11 - Classification (ML)
12 - Microscopy (ML)
Diversification and classification of Heliconia (RM)

7

15-Oct

13 - Microorganisms - Bacteria (ML)
14 - Archaea

Microorganisms (ML)
    Multiple Choice Test on lectures 1 - 10

8

22-Oct

15 - Eukaryotic Microorganisms
16 - Viruses
Microorganisms (ML)

9

29-Oct

17 - Green algal diversity, reproduction and life cycles  (SC)
18 - The conquest of the land (SC)

NO PRACTICAL

10

5-Nov

19 - Bryophytes (SC)  
20 - [continued]

Green Algae (SC)

Essay Deadline

11

12-Nov

21 - Pteridophytes - Ferns and Fern allies (SC)
22 - Evolution of the seed habit

Bryophytes (SC)
    

12

19-Nov

23 - Gymnosperms - Cycads and Conifers (SC)
24 - Angiosperms
  & Flowering plant diversity (SC)

Pteridophytes (SC)

13

26-Nov

 

    Practical Test

 

Lecturers*

Prof. Sean Carrington - Professor of Plant Biology & Course Coordinator (SC)
Prof. M.C. Lavoie - Professor of Microbiology (ML)
Dr. Rajendra Mauriya - Lecturer in Horticulture Mauriya (RM)
Dr. Henri Valles - Lecturer in Ecology
Mr. Julian Walcott - Part-time Lecturer


     

Booklist

Required

1. Raven PH, Evert, RF & Eichhorn SE (2005) Biology of Plants (7th edn), WH Freeman & Co., New York.

 

Recommended

Madigan, M.T. et al. (2008) Brock Biology of Microorganisms. (12th Edn). Prentice Hall.

Begon, M. et al. (2006) Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems. (4th Edn) Blackwell.

Assessment

Each practical will be run twice on Mondays. During registration students will have chosen whether they are in the afternoon or evening practical group. Practical reports are worth 25% of the marks available in this course.

The first mid-semester test will consist of a MCQ theory test based on lectures 1-10 (7.5%). The second will consist of a one hour practical test in week 13 also worth 7.5%. One essay of no more than 1000 words and two tutorial assignments will be marked by tutors (10% total).

In order to pass this course, students are required to pass both the theory (multiple choice tests + essays + final examination) and practicals (reports + test) components of the course (FST Reg. 18).

Final exam format

The final 2h exam will comprise FOUR equally weighted sections:-

Section A: 20 compulsory MCQ questions
Section B: One essay/structured question out of three from Section I

Section C: One essay/structured question out of two from Section II
Section D: One essay/structured question out of two from Section III

You should spend no more than 30 minutes on each section of the paper.

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offence.

The UWI Examination Regulations deal with this subject in section (B) Cheating under Regulation 97 as follows:

"(i) Cheating shall constitute a major offence under these regulations.

(ii) Cheating is any attempt to benefit oneís self or another by deceit or fraud.

(iii) Plagiarism is a form of cheating.

(iv) Plagiarism is the unauthorised and/or unacknowledged use of another personís intellectual efforts and creations howsoever recorded, including whether formally published or in manuscript or in typescript or other printed or electronically presented form and includes taking passages, ideas or structures from another work or author without proper and unequivocal attribution of such source(s), using the conventions for attributions or citing used in this University".

These conventions should be those appropriate for science in work produced for science courses.

In these regulations, examination refers to any written material to be assessed as part of the final mark for a course. This includes practical reports, essays and project reports.

The penalties for plagiarism are stated in Regulation 103 as follows:

".... the Committee shall disqualify the candidate from the examination in the course concerned, and may also disqualify him/her from all examinations taken in that examination session; and may also disqualify him/her from all further examinations of the University, for any period of time, and may impose a fine ....".

Also see the Faculty's page on plagiarism - http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/fst/under-grad/plagiarism.aspx and the current Examination Regulations at http://sta.uwi.edu/resources/documents/Exam_and_GPA_regulations.pdf.