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Vertebrate Zoology


Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for BI1277

Academic year 2021/2022

Vertebrate Zoology (BI1277-20100)

2021-12-03 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Vertebrate Zoology (BI1277-20149)

2020-12-03 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Vertebrate Zoology (BI1277-20098)

2019-12-04 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Vertebrate Zoology (BI1277-20067)

2018-12-07 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Vertebrate Zoology (BI1277-20011)

2017-12-01 - 2018-01-14


BI1277 Vertebrate Zoology, 7.5 Credits




Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 7.5 0201

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 20 credits biology


The course covers vertebrate systematics, evolutionary history, ecology and main characters related to their occurrence and way of life. The course also provides basic species knowledge of Swedish vertebrates.

After completing the course the student should be able to:

- briefly describe vertebrate systematics, ecology, biogeography, morphology, physiology and reproductive biology and briefly discuss their interrelationships.

- identify and describe common mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish in Swedish ecosystems with examples of their distribution, behavior, adaptation to the environment and reproductive strategies.


Lectures cover vertebrate evolutionary history, the prevailing view of their evolutionary relationships as well as their main characteristics related to their occurrence and way of life.

Lectures will also cover factors that control and controlled animal distribution, and species identifying technics, including interpretation of animal tracks. The course also includes exercises in identifying species, skeletal parts, feathers, eggs, tracks, etc.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examinations
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: BI0852

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1277 Application code: SLU-20057 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%