Advanced: Level III Courses (Zoology)

Revised and offered as 3-credit courses as of 2012/13 Academic Year:

ZOOL3403 - ENTOMOLOGY

  • 3-credits
  • Semester II
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisite:
  • BIOL2401 and [ZOOL2403 and ZOOL2404] OR [BOTN2401 and BOTN2402]

This course explores the science of Entomology, focusing on morphology, development, ecology, taxonomy, and diversity. Examples of how insects have influenced human populations will be examined. Field trips provide opportunities to study insects in their natural habitats. This course provides a foundation for individuals involved in pest management, parasitology, fresh water biology, management of terrestrial biodiversity. The course further aims to equip students for careers in agriculture, pest management, biodiversity conservation, the health sector, forensic science.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • identify insect to the level of family,
  • describe the biology of the different insect orders and the major families within these orders,
  • predict the likely outcomes of interactions with various groups including other insects, humans and plants,
  • apply the basic biological principles necessary for the management of both harmful and beneficial insects in relation to various human activities.

ZOOL3404 - PARASITOLOGY

  • 3-credits
  • Semester I
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisites:
  • [ZOOL2403 and ZOOL2404] OR [BIOC2014, BIOL2312, and MICR2211] AND BIOL2406

This course will provide core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and selected domesticated animals, and the vectors which transmit them. The course includes studies of the morphology, lifecycle, diagnosis, transmission, pathology and control of parasites. It further aims to equip students with skills to enable them to pursue a career in research, control or teaching related to medical or veterinary parasitology.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • identify the major types of protist, helminth and arthropod parasites of man and selected domestic animals;
  • describe life cycles and transmission features of different protozoan and metazoan parasites;
  • derive likely pathological outcomes from parasite life cycle details;
  • propose basic control strategies for parasitic infections.

ZOOL3405 - VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY

  • 3-credits
  • Semester I
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisites:
  • ZOOL2401 Animal Form or ZOOL2403 Maintenance Systems in Animals and ZOOL2402 Animal Physiology or ZOOL2404 Coordination and Control in Animals

This course will provide core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and selected domesticated animals, and the vectors which transmit them. The course includes studies of the morphology, lifecycle, diagnosis, transmission, pathology and control of parasites. It further aims to equip students with skills to enable them to pursue a career in research, control or teaching related to medical or veterinary parasitology.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • identify the major types of protist, helminth and arthropod parasites of man and selected domestic animals;
  • describe life cycles and transmission features of different protozoan and metazoan parasites;
  • derive likely pathological outcomes from parasite life cycle details;
  • propose basic control strategies for parasitic infections.

ZOOL3406 - IMMUNOLOGY

  • 3-credits
  • Semester II
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisites:
  • [ZOOL2403 and ZOOL2404] OR [BIOC2014, BIOL2312, and MICR2211]

Immunology covers all aspects of the immune system. It deals with the physical, chemical and physiological characteristics of the components of the immune system; in the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and disease; and malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders (autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency, transplant rejection).  This course is designed to present the principles of immunology in a concise and easily comprehendible form, and to highlight the major functional operations and applications of immune responses.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • explain the basic principles in immunology (e.g. specificity, memory, adaptiveness, and discrimination);
  • apply knowledge of the role of immune responses to real life situations (e.g. transplantation, allergy, autoimmunity, HIV infection, vaccination, etc.).

ZOOL3407 - HUMAN BIOLOGY

  • 3-credits
  • Semester I
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisites:
  • [ZOOL2403 and ZOOL2404] OR [BIOC2014, BIOL2312, and MICR2211]

The course covers the main aspects of human biology, evolution and ecology. Through a combination of principles and research, the student will be exposed to human structure, function, evolution,  the causes of abnormalities, and consequences of human activity (e.g. on the environment), normative  ethics, etc.   The successful student will be better equipped to pursue careers in the public services or the environment.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • discuss the basic functional features of the human organism,
  • explain human evolution and the similarity of humans to other life forms,
  • analyze human heredity and reproduction in the context of molecular genetics, genetic engineering,
  • evaluate the effect of humans on the environment,
  • expound normative and environmental ethics.

ZOOL3408 - SUSTAINABLE USE OF MARINE FISHABLE RESOURCES

  • 3-credits
  • Semester II
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisites:
  • ZOOL2401 Animal Form or ZOOL2403 Maintenance Systems in Animals and ZOOL2402 Animal Physiology or ZOOL2404 Coordination and Control in Animals

The course will cover the fish biology, assessment of world fisheries resources and their status and the use of modeling software as part of modern assessment methods for fishable resources.   Examples will be taken from world fisheries with focus on Caribbean fisheries and the application of modern fisheries management principles to achieve sustainable yield.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • analyze and categorize the major marine fishable resources
  • classify and describe the biology of the major groups of organisms included under Marine Fishable resources
  • analyze and explain marine fisheries challenges
  • describe and critically analyze the operations of modern fisheries
  • apply the methods of stock assessment and sustainable yields for fishable resources
  • prescribe management options to achieve sustainable yield of fishable resources.

ZOOL3409 - AQUACULTURE

  • 3-credits
  • Semester I
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisites:
  • ZOOL2401 Animal Form or ZOOL2403 Maintenance Systems in Animals and ZOOL2402 Animal Physiology or ZOOL2404 Coordination and Control in Animals

The course will cover the status of aquaculture internationally, biology of the most important scalefish, crustaceans, molluscan and plants species with potential and those currently under production, water quality, hatchery practices, culture enclosures, pond construction, nutrition, diseases, crustaceans, molluscans,  plants, new technology.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • categorise and describe the biology of the major groups of aquaculture organisms
  • evaluate water bodies for potential for aquaculture
  • assess and evaluate hatchery and seed production facilities for aquaculture of various species
  • assess and apply nutritional requirements of culture species.
  • apply the methods of preventing and treating common diseases and maladies of culture species
  • evaluate and produce plans for modern aquaculture facilities for various culture species including molluscan species and plants.

ZOOL3410 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN ANIMAL SCIENCE

  • 3-credits
  • Semester I
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisites:
  • ZOOL2401 Animal Form or ZOOL2403 Maintenance Systems in Animals and ZOOL2402 Animal Physiology or ZOOL2404 Coordination and Control in Animals

This seminar course will provide students with advanced, transferrable, specialized or applied exposure to current topics in animal and human biology through a structured series of formal presentations by local and overseas experts in the industry.   It aims to equip students with in-depth awareness of the relevance of a diverse array of topical issues to the Caribbean, and with such transferable skills prepare them for the industry, or advanced studies in the field of animal or human biology.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • synthesize and analyze current and topical issues in animal science
  • compare the wide range of approaches and techniques used by zoologists
  • inventory the zoological resources available, and access and use them
  • use rapid survey techniques for animals
  • outline the processes involved in writing an environmental impact report
  • debate the ethics and permitting of scientific investigations on animals
  • identify, generate and communicate competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches
  • critically evaluate problems in animal science, their solutions and implications.

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