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SZA 3101: INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (45 LH)

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

To equip learners with a good general knowledge of the major invertebrates  groups with emphasis on evolutionary relationships (phylogeny), comparative body structure, functional and adaptive significance of structural components of their bodies and importance.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

It is expected that by the end of the course the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the environments, features, challenges, and adaptations for survival of invertebrates
  2. Discuss the origin and phylogenetic tree of invertebrates
  • Describe the characteristics, structure and functional significance of invertebrate phyla.
  1. Explain the economic importance of

 COURSE CONTENT

Introduction to invertebrates; Living things, invertebrate environments, origin of invertebrates; The Invertebrates: a survey of invertebrate groups emphasizing their habits, structural features, comparative functional anatomy and evolutionary relationships. The Protozoa phyla: Sarcomastigophora, Apicomplexa, Ciliophora, Microspora, Ascetospora, Myxozoa and Labyrinthomorpha. Metazoan phyla:

Phylum Porifera, Cnidaria and Ctenophora, Platyhelminthes, Mesozoa, Nemertea. Ascelhelminths: Phylum Nematoda, Gastrotricha, Rotifera. The Coelomates: Phylum Mollusca, Annelida, Arthropoda; Phylum Echinodermata. Economic importance of different invertebrate phyla