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Vertebrate Zoology


Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for BI1277

Academic year 2022/2023

Vertebrate Zoology (BI1277-20057)

2022-12-02 - 2023-01-15

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)

2018-12-03 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Vertebrate Zoology (BI1277-20011)

2017-11-27 - 2018-01-14

Syllabus and other information


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 requirementsBachelor’s level (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 a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.

- The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.

- If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.

- For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
  • 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 participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.

- If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Further information

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

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor's Programme Crop Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19030 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1277 Application code: SLU-20200 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%