Life Sciences

Lives of Carnivores

Module code: C7145
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

Many of the most charismatic and ecologically important animals have a carnivorous lifestyle. Carnivores are represented in most animal groups, with extant species ranging from white sharks and killer whales to African hunting dogs and lions, and extinct species including famous examples, such as T. rex. In this module you will discover the science behind our understanding of the biology of these exciting animals and learn about their relevance to the different areas of zoology, from physiology and behaviour to conservation and evolution.

The module will introduce you to the different aspects of zoology using charismatic carnivores as case studies, illustrate the way similar ecological problems are overcome in different species, and develop your understanding of the scientific method, including the challenges that face scientific research with carnivores and the techniques used to overcome them.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the biology of carnivores, including the challenges they face, and use case studies to illustrate understanding
  • Locate, research and synthesise the primary scientific literature
  • Communicate the results of research of the primary scientific literature accurately and with coherent arguments