Course: Vertebrates zoology I

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Course title Vertebrates zoology I
Course code KBI/ZOO02
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Ditrich Tomáš, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction - the general plan of chordate organization, the origin of chordates, classification and the variety of chordates. Urochordata - various forms of tunicates, the variety of tunicate life. Cephalochordata, Amphioxus- morphology, anatomy, ecology. 2. Vertebrates - general features of vertebrates, classification. Skeletal structures. 3. Ethology of vertebrates. Behaviour, communication systems. 4. The vertebrates without jaws - general features. Lampreys and hag fishes. Gnathostomata - general features. 5. Chondrichthyes - characteristics of elasmobranchs, ecology and ethology, modern sharks. Holocephali. 6. Actinopterygii - the evolution of bony fish, classification, characteristics, morphology and anatomy, diversity. 7. Actinopterygii - ecology and ethology. Adaptations to various environments and habits. Migrations. Locomotion. Protective mechanisms. Feeding. Spawning. 8. Sarcopterygii. First terrestrial vertebrates - amphibians, morphological and anatomical adaptations to terrestrial environment. Classification. Ecology and ethology - relationships with the environment, protective mechanisms, food and feeding, reproductive strategies. 9. Reptilians - fully adapted vertebrates to terrestrial environment (Amniota, morphological and anatomical adaptations). 10. Reptilians - classification. Ecology and ethology - relationships with the environment, protective mechanisms, food and feeding, reproductive strategies. 11. Birds - morphological and anatomical adaptations to flight. Classification. 12. Bird's ecology and ethology, bird's behaviour (habitat, territory, food and feeding, breeding, care of feathers, communication, migration). 13. Mammals - the origin of mammals, the characteristics of mammals (morphological and anatomical features). 14. Classification of mammals, Monotremata, Marsupialia, Placentalia. Relationships with the environment and environmental conditions. Reproduction, food and feedig, care of integument, protective mechanisms, communication.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Projection
Learning outcomes
Characteristics and phylogeny of Chordates. Urochordata, Cephalochordata, Vertebrata. The basic course deals with morphology, anatomy, ecology, ethology, diversity and classification of vertebrates. Special attention is paid to biology of important species from the Czech and world fauna.
Students will get the necessary theoretically knowledge for the practical training course of zoology and transformation into the didactical system of education in science.
Prerequisites
no

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Knowledge in fundamental zoological terms (morphology, functional anatomy of organ systems). The general orientation in the systematics of recent vertebrates. Biology of important taxa of the Czech and world fauna. Ecological and ethological adaptations of verebrates, their role in ecosystems.
Recommended literature
  • Gaisler J., Zima J.:. Zoologie obratlovců.. Praha, Academia., 2007.
  • Roček Z.:. Historie obratlovců. Academia, Praha. 2002.
  • Rosypal S. a kol.:. Fylogeneze, systém a biologie organizmů. SPN, Praha. 1992.
  • Sigmund L., Hanák V., Pravda O.:. Zoologie strunatců. Karolinum, Praha. 1994.
  • Veselovský Z.:. Etologie.. Praha, Academia., 2005.
  • Zrzavý J.:. Fylogeneze živočišné říše.. Praha, Scientia., 2006.


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