Biodiversity

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Course Code: 
24258
Course Outline: 

AN-NAJAH NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Faculty of Science-Department of Biology and Biotechnology

Course Outline-Biodiversity

Dr. Raed Alkowni

Course Objectives:

This course will allow the student to be aware of and examine of the diversity of life on earth and its evolution, systematic and the structure of ecosystems. Students will be familiar with concepts of population and the importance of biodiversity and the value of conserving it. Laboratory exercises designed to complement the material covered in the course.

 

References textbook:

  • Krishnamurthy K.V. 2003. Textbook of Biodiversity. Science Publishers Inc., NH, USA
  • Wilson E.O. and Peter F. M. 1988. Biodiversity. National Academy Press.
  • Biodiversity. Gaston K & Spicer J. 1998.
  • Campbell, Neil A. and Reece, Jane B.. 2008 Biology– 8th Edition, Benjamin
  • Selected papers: biodiversity, genetic information and biotechnology.
  • Lecture handout from different books will be distributed to student each class.

 

Exams:

The evaluation of student understanding of the course will be through Quizzes, homework and written exams. The marks will be distributed as:

Lecture: 75%

First Exam       20%

Second Exam  20%

Final Exam      35%

 

Lab: 25%

            Reports and quizzes    10%

            Final Exam                  15%

 

Course Outline:

 

Lectures:

 

 

Wk

Chapter Title

1

Introduction:

What is biodiversity; Value & Importance of biological resources for human

2

Types of biodiversity:

From Gene to Ecosystems

3

Genetic Diversity

4

Species diversity

5

Ecosystem structure and Functioning Diversity

 

First Exam

6

Microbial Diversity

7-8

Protists Diversity

9

Plants Diversity

10

Fungi Diversity

11-14

Animals Diversity

 

Second Exam

15-16

Conservation of Biodiversity:

Rarity and Extinction; Genetic erosion; preservation of Biodiversity; Biodiversity Ethics and Policy:

 

Final Exam

 

 

Lab:

 

The lab will be divided into three main parts: First, viewing slides and specimen for different life. Second, field trip, samples collection and conservation in the lab. Third, Project in Biodiversity.

 

 

Week

Title

Lab#

 1

General Lab Safety And Instructions

-

 2

Diversity of life: Kingdom and Taxonomic ranks

Lab1

 3

Prokaryotic Diversity and methods of conservation (1)

Lab2

 4

Prokaryotic Diversity and methods of conservation (2)

Lab3

 5

Protists Diversity

Lab4

 6

Plant Diversity (1)

Lab5

 7

Plant Diversity (2) (Field trip and sample collection)

Lab6

 8

Revision, Project Assignments, Repots Evaluation and Quizzes

 

 9

Biotechnology in Conservation of plants (micropropagation)

Lab7

 10

Fungi Diversity

Lab8

 11

Animals Diversity (1)

Lab9

 12

Animals Diversity (2)

Lab10

 13

Methods in Measuring Species’ Diversity; Species richness and Species abundance (Field trip and data collection)

Lab11

 14

Project presenting in Biodiversity

Lab12

 15

Revision

-

 16

Final Exam