National University




BIO414 Invertebrate Zoology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell

Course Description

Comparative study of invertebrates: taxonomy, structure, physiology, reproduction, evolution, and behavior.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe common and distinctive features of invertebrate phyla, including poriferans, cnidarians, platyhelminthes, nematodes, molluscs, annelids, arthropods, and echinoderms.
  • Discuss distinctive features of taxonomic classes within the phyla covered.
  • Explain phylogenetic relationships between the phyla covered.
  • Describe important concepts in invertebrate body structure and organization, including body symmetry, cephalization, body cavity, gut formation, segmentation.
  • Describe important biological processes in invertebrates, including locomotion, body support, reproduction, development, feeding, digestion, excretion, osmoregulation, circulation, respiration, sensory perception, behavior.
  • Discuss the ecological and economic importance of invertebrates.