ANIMAL EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY

BIO1AD

2014

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to the evolution, biology, ecology and behaviour of animals. The adaptive nature of the evolution of animals by natural selection will be explored, as will the ecological relationships between animals, other living organisms and the physical world. Students will learn to name, define and classify the main phyla of animals and will compare the morphology and function of the primary organ systems between animal phyla. During laboratory classes using microscopes and/or dissections students will examine specimens from the following animal groups: sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, annelids, arthropods, molluscs, echinoderms and chordates. Students will also learn about and apply the scientific method to zoological questions through practical investigations.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Bird

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students from other faculties require approval by a Subject Adviser except students enrolled in LWLSC and LWLSCB.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students should obtain from the University Bookshop a copy of the BIO1AD Laboratory Manual, an A4 sketch pad, laboratory coat and dissecting kit before the first laboratory class.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiology: An Australian FocusPrescribedLadiges, P Evans, B Saint, R and Knox, B 20104TH EDN, MCGRAW-HILL
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)PrescribedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012

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Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDennis Black

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The practical component includes dissections of dead animals and experiments using live animals"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
3-hour end of semester examination (multiple choice and short answer questions)60
Practical work (dissections/drawings, online quizzes) and scientific reports (2 x 600 words)40

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Bird

Class requirements

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The practical component includes dissections of dead animals and experiments using live animals"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
3-hour end of semester examination (multiple choice and short answer questions)60
Practical work (dissections/drawings, online quizzes) and scientific reports (2 x 600 words)40