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Title: General Zoology II Course Number: Z-202
Credits: 4
Date: January 2011

Institution: Clackamas Community College
Outline Developed by: Jennifer Bown, Science Department
Type of Program: Lower Division Collegiate
Course Description:

Covers the maintenance of the cellular environment, evolution of animal systems and diversity of the less complex invertebrate animal phyla. This is the second quarter of a three quarter sequence.

Course Objectives:

During this course, students will be introduced to foundational concepts in biology and zoology; and upon completion of this course will be able to

  • Analyze the development and scope of the scientific method; understand its use and importance in the process of science models and theories as they pertain to invertebrate zoology

  • Engage in problem-solving and investigations of foundational scientific topics that pertain to this class

  • Develop analytical thinking through the use of data collection to create and test models and draw conclusions relating to invertebrate zoology

  • Examine the relationships of foundational biological topics and their application specifically in zoology and beyond to society

  • Explain the relevancy of topics discussed in this course to everyday life

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this course should be proficient in the following areas:

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and communicate basic scientific principles and concepts important to an understanding invertebrate animals (SC1, SC2)

  • Critically evaluate existing and alternative explanations of the evolution of invertebrate anatomy and physiology (SC2)

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and problem solve, particularly in applying theoretical concepts to current situations in invertebrate Zoology and societal influences (SC1, SC3)

  • Apply the scientific method by designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, and concluding in written laboratory reports (SC2)

  • Critically examine survival strategies for various invertebrate animals and their influences on human society (SC3)

  • Asses the strength and weaknesses of current classification systems as they apply to invertebrate animals (SC3)

  • Gather, comprehend, and communicate research findings of invertebrate animals to present to peers (SC1)

Length of Course: 33 lecture and 33 lab hours
Grading Method: Letter grade (A-F) or Pass/No Pass, Audit
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended: Pass MTH-095 with a “C” or better or placement in MTH-105;

pass RD-090 or placement in RD-115; pass WR-095 or

placement in WR-121.
Major Topic Outline:

    I. Classification and Phylogeny of Animals

A. Linnaeus and the Development of Classification – historic & current societal attitudes of classification systems

B. Taxonomic Characters and Phylogenetic Classification

    1. Major Subdivisions of the Animal Kingdom

II. Mesozoa and Parazoa

A. Theories on the origins of Metazoa

B. Diversity of simple animals

1. Phyla Mesozoa, Placozoa, and Porifera
III. Radiate Animals

A. Form and Function of Radiates -

B. Phylogenetics and Diversity of Radiates

1. Phyla Cnidaria, Ctenophora

IV. Acoelomate Bilateral Animals

A. Form and Function of Acoelomates

B. Phylogenetics and Diversity

1. Phyla Platyhelminthes, Nemertea

  1. Pseudocoelomate Animals

A. Form and Function of Pseudocoelomates

  1. Phylogenetics and Diversity of Smaller Protozoans

1. Phyla Nematoda, Rotifera, Ectoprocta, Phorinda

C. Parasitic survival strategies and their influences on society

  1. Molluscs

A. Form and Function of Molluscs

B. Phylogenetics and Diversity of Molluscan Classes

C. Economic and societal issues involving this group
VII. Segmented Worms

A. Form and Function of Segmented Worms

B. Phylogenetics and Diversity

1. Class Polychaeta, Oligochaeta, Hirundinea

C. Evolutionary significance of Metamerism
VIII Arthropods

A. Form and Function of Phylum Arthropoda

    1. Phylogenetics and Diversity

1. Subphyla Trilobita, Chelicerata

C. Adaptive Radiation within this Phylum

D. Economic and societal issues involving this group
IX Aquatic Mandibulates

A. Form and Function of Subphyla Crustacea

B. Brief Survey of Crustaceans

C. Phylogenetics and Adaptive Radiations

X Terrestrial Mandibulates

A. Form and Function of Terrestrial Mandibulates

B. Phylogenetics and Brief Survey of Diversity

1. Class Chilopoda, Diplopoda, Pauropoda, Symphyla, Insecta

C. Insects and Human Interactions

D. Adaptive Radiation within this group

  1. Echinoderms and Hemichordates

A. Form and Function of Echinoderms and Hemichordates

B. Phylogenetics and Diversity

1. Phyla Echinodermata, Hemichordata

C. Adaptive Radiation within this group

XII Form and Function of Each Group listed above includes:

A. Control systems

1. Neural

2. Endocrine

3. Molecular
B. Strategies for:

1. Feeding

2. Digestion

3. Respiration

4. Circulation including immunity

5. Excretion

6. Movement
C. Reproduction and Development
D. Behavior
E. Survival Strategies – integrate all the above categories in discussions of evolutionary strategies and their societal influences both historic and current


Mark outcomes addressed by this course:

  • Mark “C” if this course completely addresses the outcome. Students who successfully complete this course are likely to have attained this learning outcome.

  • Mark “S” if this course substantially addresses the outcome. More than one course is required for the outcome to be completely addressed. Students who successfully complete all of the required courses are likely to have attained this learning outcome.

  • Mark “P” if this course partially addresses the outcome. Students will have been exposed to the outcome as part of the class, but the class is not a primary means for attaining the outcome and assessment for general education purposes may not be necessary.

As a result of completing the AAOT /ASOT general education requirements, students will be able to:

WR: Writing Outcomes

1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some
cases, professional audiences.


2. Locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize information to communicate effectively.


3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

SP: Speech/Oral Communication Outcomes

1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals.

2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts.

3. Build and manage relationships.

MA: Mathematics Outcomes

1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems.


2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate
mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and
communicate the results.

AL: Arts and Letters Outcomes i

1. Interpret and engage in the Arts & Letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life.

2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage
more fully in local and global issues.

SS: Social Science Outcomes

1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior.

2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social
world in which we live.

SC: Science or Computer Science Outcomes

1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore
ideas, models, and solutions and generate further questions.


2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically
evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner.


3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.


CL: Cultural Literacy Outcomeii

1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically
defined meanings of difference.

IL: Information Literacy Outcomesiii

1. Formulate a problem statement.

2. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed to address the problem.


3. Access relevant information effectively and efficiently.


4. Evaluate information and its course critically.

5. Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information.

i Arts and Letters” refers to works of art, whether written, crafted, designed, or performed and documents of historical or cultural significance.

ii Must be embedded in a course that meets the outcomes for Arts and Letters, Social Science, or Science/Computer Science.

iii Must be embedded in the general education required Writing courses Revised 2010-2011 to reflect Statewide AAOT outcomes

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