Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Invertebrate Biology and Identification

 Title Abbreviation:   INVERTEBRATE BIOLOGY/ID

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    102

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    165

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Natural history, biology, and taxonomy of common invertebrates including their natural history and biogeographic distribution.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe common invertebrate phyla, their biology, natural history, and basic biological concepts.
  2. Understand how taxa are related phylogenetically.
  3. Utilization of invertebrates by original cultures such as first people or aboriginals.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.

Course Contents

  1. Animal taxonomy.
  2. Animal cell structure and function.
  3. Protozoa.
  4. Sponges/porifera.
  5. Cnidarian.
  6. Coral reefs.
  7. Flatworms/Platyhelmintes.
  8. Roundworms/Nemertea.
  9. Segmented worms/Annelida.
  10. Mollusca.
  11. Arthropoda.
  12. Echinodermata.
  13. Hemichordata.