AUSTRALIAN FAUNA AND ECOLOGY
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Bird
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites BIO1AD and BIO1OF
Incompatible subjects ZOO2AFE
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Ecology: an Australian perspective. 2nd edn.||Prescribed||P. Attiwill & B. Wilson (2006)||OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.|
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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment size240
Enrolment information Accommodation in practical classes Academic achievement in pre-requisite subjects
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Bird
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|3-hour theory exam||50|
|Practical class participation and group learning activities||15|
|Practical class reports (3 x 1500 words)||30|
|Regular online quizzes||5|