Invertebrate Zoology
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Selgrootute zooloogia
Course title in English
Invertebrate Zoology
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To support the development of a knowledge base to orientate onself in the diversity of invertebrate animals.
To develop knowledge and skills to know and describe the general building plans, anatomy, systematics and ecology of invertebrate animals.
Brief description of the course
Introduction to invertebrate animal diversity, description of the phyla and subunits, their typical bodyplans and characteristics of anatomy and ecology. The phyla, which will be looked at more closely are: Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Mollusca, Annelida, Nematoda, Arthropoda, Echinodermata.
In labs the topics introduced in lectures are reinforced by practical tasks. Work with identification keys will be introduced.
Independent work
The topics not discussed in contactlectures and themes which enquire deeper knowledge, will be studied independently using course materials and literature given.
Independent preparation for labs will be neccessary.
A presentation will be given to introduce given species or animal groups in lecture and further research into scientific articles about the topic will be needed to prepare a paper which will be presented at the end of the course. Students are also asked to write a review
Students have to write an essey on a freely chosen topic on the problems of systematics
Learning outcomes in the course
The student
-will be able to orientate himself in diversity of invertebrate animals.
-knows systematics of invertebrate animals in Estonian/English and Latin on given level and is able to assigne animals to these groups from given examples (pictures).
-will be able to describe and compare the abundance, distribution and anatomy of different animal groups
-will be able to compile a paper/an essey according to the requierments.
- will be able to find a orientate itself in scientific literature

Assessment methods
Written exam with open questions.
The student is allowed to the exam after: passing midterm tests, passing labs, carrying out a presentation/-s and successfully presenting a paper and an essey.
lekt Arno Põllumäe PhD
Replacement literature
Miller. S. A, Harley, J. P. 2007. Zoology, 7th ed. McGraw-Hill.
Roberts, L. S, Hickman, C. P., 1995. Animal diversity.
Lytle, C., Meyer, J. 2008. General Zoology Laboratory Guide. McGraw-Hill
The Invertebrates. A New Synthesis.R. S. K. Barnes P. Calow P. J. Olive.,.Blackwell Science, Inc.1993
Abrikossov, G. jt. Selgrootute zooloogia. Tln., 1960.
Loomade elu: I-III köide
määrajad: selgrootud (putukad, vee-elustik, mardikad, liblikad jms)