Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students must pass the Capstone experience (Component 5, Zoological Dreaming) and two other components in order to complete the requirements for the subject. Six components are normally offered and in addition to undertaking 'Zoological Dreaming', students choose any two providing that a component is not used for credit in another subject. Component 1: Ecology Field Course: Mallee. Component 2: Physiology Field Course: Heron Island. Component 3: Behavioural Ecology. Component 4: Excitable Tissues. Component 5: Zoological Dreaming (Capstone Experience). Component 6: Research Project.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Bird

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO2POS and either (ZOO2FE or ZOO2AP)


Incompatible subjects ZOO3EPC, ZOO3TZB

Equivalent subjects ZOO31EPB and ZOO32EPB

Special conditions Students MUST check details of dates & costs of field trips and enter their component choices via www.latrobe.edu.au/zoology/ (current students)(3rd year)(component selection). Not all components may be offered, there are quotas for the field courses. Laboratory coats and dissecting kits are required. Students will be required to dissect dead animals & to work with living tissue under supervision.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size100

Enrolment information Laboratory space and staffing constraints.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Bird

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 31 - 43
Five 12.0 hours field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Four 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Up to 1-hour per week may be run as a Workshop."

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Two 4.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Component 2.Physiology Field course: Heron Island. Written report of 1500 words (50%) and 1.5 hour examination (50%)100
Component 3.Behavioural Ecology: quizzes (10%), poster presentaiton (10%), laboratory report equivalent to 1500 words (30%) and 1.5 hour examination (50%)100
Component 4.Excitable Tissues: quizzes (10%), laboratory report x2 equivalent to 1500 words each (30%) and 1.5 hour examination (60%).100
Component 5. (Compulsory Capstone Experience)Zoological Dreaming, Reflective journal(80%), Oral Presentation (20%), (total equivalent to 3000 words).100
Component 6.Research Project: written report (3000 words) (100%)100
Students complete 3 components, each contributes one third towards the final grade. Component 1.Ecology Field course: Mallee. Literature review equivalent to 1000 words (30%), Class participation (10%) and written report equivalent to 2000 words (60%)100