Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit students examine the evolution, biology and ecology of the major groups of Australian animals. It will examine the ecology of animals at the level of the individual, the population, the community and the ecosystem, within an evolutionary framework. Topics include ecological methods, predator-prey and host-parasite interactions, the concepts of niche and habitat, over-exploitation of natural populations, competition and disturbance and processes threatening Australian ecosystems. Many of the practical classes are based almost entirely in the field within Reserves managed by the University. They will introduce students to field survey techniques used in terrestrial and aquatic habitats, experimental design and the analysis of data.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Bird

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1AD and BIO1OF


Incompatible subjects ZOO2AFE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEcology: an Australian perspective. 2nd edn.PrescribedP. Attiwill & B. Wilson (2006)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size240

Enrolment information Accommodation in practical classes Academic achievement in pre-requisite subjects

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.

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


Assessment elementComments%
3-hour theory exam50
Practical class participation and group learning activities15
Practical class reports (3 x 1500 words)30
Regular online quizzes5