Undergraduate teaching

Over the past weeks I have been teaching various aspects of Zoology and Biology on an undergraduate course for the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. I have been teaching on such courses for over ten years, and the live animal sessions, such as the one I will be conducting         this afternoon, are something I really enjoy delivering.  Todays practical session is aimed at introducing first year students to taxonomy, ecology, and biodiversity in general. During the sessions I use a wide variety of live reptile and amphibians to illustrate adaptations and highlight specific characteristics. Apart from learning all about these two groups of animals, and developing the student’s knowledge and skills in producing dichotomous keys, these sessions also give the students the opportunity to see and get up close to a wide variety of very unusual species, which they seem to really enjoy. I hope today will be no exception. Delivering the practical also very much relies on my colleagues, and I would really like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and demonstrators who help me deliver these sessions. Thank you!

To see further images from these and other Student practicals please see ‘Undergraduate sessions 2010’ under Teaching at the top of the page.

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