- To show how the form, function and behaviour of animals become adapted to the environment through evolution.
- To elucidate general biological principles through the study of specialised or experimentally tractable systems.
- To prepare students for Part II courses that require knowledge of animal biology at the systems and organismal levels.
- To develop students’ practical scientific skills.
At the end of the course, students should be
- able to appreciate the complexities of biological organisation and address scientifically controversial issues in a rational way.
- able to interpret material in terms of biological function and the effect of natural selection.
- able to analyse and report on material learned.
- able to assess the scope of animal biology and select particular areas for further study.
- aware of the breadth of studies on the biology of animals as they relate to the evolution, function, behaviour and ecology of animals.
- able to integrate related topics from separate parts of the course.