EZO-21903 Basic Principles of Vertebrate Zoology, dissection free


Studiepunten 3.00

Practical intensively supervised10
Course coordinator(s)A Terlouw
Lecturer(s)A Terlouw
dr. SWS Gussekloo
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. JL van Leeuwen

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

ETH-20306, EZO-20306, EZO-22806, EZO-30306, EZO-30806, EZO-31306, HAP-2036


The first part of the lectures focuses on the basic principles of zoology such as classification, development and evolutionary aspects of the vertebrates. The other lectures provide an introduction to the form and function of the main organ systems of the vertebrates. This approach highlights how different vertebrates have solved similar general problems or evolved specializations for species specific behavior and habitats.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the role of evolution and development in the continuity and diversity of vertebrate life;
- outline the structural organization of life from tissue to organism and how the interactions among these levels shaped life on earth;
- relate the differences in foraging behavior and diet to the differences in skull morphology of two specialists (cat and sheep);
- analyze natural mammal organ systems related to digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory systems and to interpret and explain their structure and dynamics;
- paraphrase the basic of homeostatic requirements such as osmoregulation and excretion in different habitats, thermoregulation and biorhythms or patterns;
- differentiate among instincts, non-associative learned and associative learned behaviors in relation to nervous system complexity.


- follow lectures and study the explained material;
- reading chapter parts of the textbook;
- this course differs from EZO-21803 in that the practicals involving dissection are replaced by practicals involving anatomy display mounts, fluid preparations, more histology and ICT, leading to similar learning outcomes, except for the scientific analysis by preparing and observing dissections.


Computer exam with multiple choice questions.


- textbook: Integrated Principles of Zoology from McGraw-Hill by Hickman CP, et al; 15th edition (2011);
- handouts of the lectures..