The world of invertebrates

City Lit
In London

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Location London
Start 05/03/2018
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Meet the most diverse group of animals on the planet: the invertebrates. This course will introduce you to the vast spectrum of invertebrate life. Discover a startling range of appearances, adaptations, feeding behaviours and reproductive strategies. Then view some remarkable specimens at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. The first 2 and a half hours take place at City Lit. There will then be a break of an hour and a half during which time you need to make your own way to the Natural History Museum ready to meet with the tutor for the second session in the museum.

Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital, London's wildlife discovery service, and also works for two urban environmental education charities.

Where and when
Starts Location
05 Mar 2018
Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA, London, England
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Starts 05 Mar 2018
Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA, London, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

• Convey the global diversity of invertebrates
• Explain why so much variety exists
• Discuss key elements of invertebrate ecology
• Describe 5 of the most amazing invertebrate adaptations
• Identify 10 charismatic London invertebrates
• Visit the Natural History Museum with increased awareness and enjoyment in the collections
• Know the next steps you can take to further your interest.

· Requirements

Bring a notepad and pen. You will need to pay for your travel between City Lit and the Natural History Museum.

· What marks this course apart?

Tutor presentation, video, discussion, group tasks, individual tasks, questions and answers, viewing zoological specimens at the Natural History Museum.


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Sha Mit
2.5 01/08/2017
What I would highlight: The teacher was very helpful. I got some useful links to stamp makers, printers that will print my work. The best thing that I learnt was how to create a pattern by drawing on an A4 paper, cutting it into 4 pieces and then sticking it back together and drawing another motif in the centre. This was the most interesting thing I got from the course. To be completely honest, I didn't like the Photoshop much because it felt like I was cheating. I prefer to just draw by hand and display whatever I have drawn as the finished article. Photoshop transforms things so much, it feels like it's not really my work anymore.... though it does produce beautiful things. I was told I can use the facilities for an academic year, so I hope I can still use Photoshop in the library until August 2018?? The course let me know what was possible with Photoshop. There was a mix of abilities and some interesting people on the course.
What could be improved: A lot of class time was wasted scanning in drawings. I think it would be better if the course outline instructed people with scanners to scan in their work before class, so as not to waste time. If the course was not on consecutive days, I would have been able to do this. A lot of time was also lost in tidying up on days when paint was used. It took almost half an hour just to scrub things clean. I didn't receive a course outline after signing up for the course. The other students also said the same and those who had taken City Lit courses before said they usually receive a course outline online before the course begins. It would be great if this could be forwarded to me. I would recommend adding in extra information to the course outline. I am slow at drawing and perfecting designs, so I would have preferred to have drawn things before the class so that they were ready to work on before I got there. I felt like I was behind and rushing and didn't get to print out as many things as I would have liked because I was slower than the others with drawing. My USB stopped working on one of the days and so I couldn't work on anything without the teacher helping me and using her USB. My USB works, just not with Photoshop, but I didn't have Photoshop beforehand to know this. It would be good to tell students to check that their USB will work when saving from Photoshop. The only reason I wouldn't recommend this course is because it's very intensive. It would be better run on weekends across several weekends. I finish work at 5:30pm and literally had to run to get to classes at 6pm and it was exhausting doing this for a whole week. It was a bit too much for me. I don't think I will take any full week evening courses again. I felt light-headed and faint during classes because I didn't have time to eat before the class and so was going 9 hours each day without eating. This is no fault of the course, but just means I wouldn't recommend this course for people who attend fulltime work. I also don't have any arty friends, so don't have anyone to recommend it to!
Would you recommend this course?: No
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Course programme

• What is an invertebrate
• Evolution of invertebrates
• Invertebrate diversity across the world
• Appearance; warning colouration, camouflage, mimicry
• Feeding; carnivores, herbivores, detritivores, parasites
• Reproduction; solitary, colony, parasitic
• Adaptations for survival in every habitat
• Top ten London invertebrates
• Enjoying the invertebrate collection at the Natural History Museum
• Furthering your interest.

Additional information

HS029 Wild London: spring
HS122 Discover the South London Botanical Institute.

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