Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the Australian environment and its biota. The principles of biogeography and phylogenetic reconstruction, the continent's history as part of Gondwana, and the topography and climate of Australia (and New Guinea) are reviewed. These topics provide the framework for examining the evolution and ecology of selected plant and animal groups that contribute significantly to the past or present biota, and to review the distribution and history of the continent's biological communities, along with its fire history, and human impacts. The subject provides students with a framework for the consideration of conservation and land management issues and promotes the development of skills in hypothesis generation and testing as well as written and verbal communication skills.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Pridmore

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjects WEM2TAE, WEM2EPA, WEM2EGE, WEM2EPB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Pridmore

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 31
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 13 - 13
One 3.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 13 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
5-10 minute talk ('seminar')5
End of semester short answer and essay exam.(3 hours)50
Practical questions short answer weeks 1-11.20
Review essay. 2000 words, 1st submission (15%) mid semester and 2nd submission end of semester (10%)25