Everyone is familiar with fish, seals, whales, and other vertebrate organisms in the oceans. This is, in no small part, due to the prejudice we carry as vertebrate creatures: what is like us, seems more important to us (human history has shown this to be a terribly destructive trait). It is therefore no small wonder that most of us find the invertebrates, particularly those in the ocean, alien and unfamiliar. Yet, they are the true rulers of the ocean world, and their biodiversity far exceeds that of animals with backbones.
To aid you in learning about these wonderful creatures, you will be watching eight short documentaries that introduce you to their major groups (aka “phyla”, singular: phylum). This multimedia is available via streaming over Warpwire.
Each is accompanied by a question sheet that you fill out while watching each segment (this is to guide you, you do not hand these in). After you are done, you take the relevant online assignment quiz on Sakai to receive credit for your newly gained knowledge (note the deadlines for each quiz). YOU MUST TAKE THE SAKAI QUIZZES TO RECEIVE ASSIGNMENT CREDIT.
During the third part of the course, we will cover these groups again in class. By then, they should no longer seem as odd and alien to you. The knowledge you gain from the “invertebrate phyla” homework assignments will NOT be tested UNTIL THE THIRD EXAM, but you should be learning and studying the concepts and terms as you progress through the semester’s assignments.
Here are links to the NINE homework documentaries:
|Topic||Question Worksheet||Due Date of Sakai Quiz|
|Assignment: Phylum Porifera||Click Here||Sunday, August 23rd|
|Assignment: Phylum Cnidaria||Click Here||Sunday, August 30th|
|Assignment: Phylum Platyhelminthes||Click Here||Sunday, September 6th|
|Assignment: Phylum Annelida||Click Here||Sunday, September 13th|
|Assignment: Phylum Mollusca||Click Here||Sunday, September 27th|
|Assignment: Indian Ocean Tsunami||Click Here||Sunday, October 4th|
|Assignment: Phylum Arthropoda||Click Here||Sunday, October 11th|
|Assignment: Phylum Echinodermata||Click Here||Sunday, November 1st|
|Assignment: Phylum Chordata||Click Here||Sunday, November 8th|