199101

Biology of Animals

Animal diversity is studied within an evolutionary framework. Lectures cover the topics of phylogeny, biogeography, community ecology, morphology, embryology, physiology, behaviour and population biology. During laboratory classes students observe and dissect a variety of animals, study tissues and organs, simulate evolutionary events, carry out field work and analyse population data.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.

199101

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

100-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Zoology

Course planning information

Course notes

Attendance at all laboratory classes, tests and the examination is compulsory.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe recent research on how many species of animals exist on the planet, and explain how characters of animals are used to reconstruct phylogenies.
  • 2 Discuss and explain evidence for evolution, evolutionary theory, natural selection, adaptation and the genetic basis of evolution.
  • 3 Correctly classify major animal groups and describe their morphology, anatomy and physiology.
  • 4 Discuss how present-day animal distributions have come about, and how animals interact in ecological communities.
  • 5 Describe the characteristics of animals in eight phyla, dissect animals to identify important features and use simple keys to identify invertebrate animals such as stream insects.
  • 6 Describe the forms and functions of behaviour, sensory physiology, animal nutrition, circulation, respiration, and osmoregulation.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 3 4 5 20%
Test 1 2 4 6 25%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 55%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Compulsory

CAMPBELL BIOLOGY AUS/NZ EDITION

Author
J.B. REECE, N. MEYERS, L.A. URRY, M.L. CAIN, S.A.WASSERMAN, P.V. MINORSKY, R.B. JACKSON, B.N. COOKE,
ISBN
SEE BELOW
Edition
11TH EDITION AUS/NZ (ANZ) VERSION
Publisher
Pearson Education, Inc

CAMPBELL BIOLOGY AUS/NZ EDITION

Author
J.B. REECE, N. MEYERS, L.A. URRY, M.L. CAIN, S.A.WASSERMAN, P.V. MINORSKY, R.B. JACKSON, B.N. COOKE,
ISBN
SEE BELOW
Edition
11TH EDITION AUS/NZ (ANZ) VERSION
Publisher
Pearson Education, Inc.

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