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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

All organisms share some common challenges if they are to survive and reproduce. In this subject we will explore how structures that have evolved within animals, plants and microorganisms, function to address ten key challenges of living: 1.capturing and distributing energy and nutrients around the body of the organism, 2.utilising those nutrients for growth and movement, 3.regulating the internal environment of the organism, 4.disposing of waste products, 5.monitoring changes in the world around the organism, 6.communicating information about those changes within the organism, 7. defending oneself from parasites and pathogens, 8.reproducing sexually or asexually, why bother with sex? 9.producing healthy offspring, 10. dispersing offspring/propagules into new location. This subject involves working with live arthropods during some laboratory classes.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPam Hurst

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Learning resources

Campbell Biology: Australian and New Zealand edition

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorLisa A. Urry, Noel Meyers, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Jane B. Reece


Edition/Volume11th Edition



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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Conduct scientific experiments in practical classes to address biological questions, and communicate the results scientifically, including analysis and interpretation.
02. Distinguish, describe (using appropriate biological vocabulary and/or compare organism structures and their function in relation to acquisition and transport of energy and nutrients, internal regulation, monitoring and responding to the surrounding environment and, reproduction and dispersal.
03. Demonstrate effective use of biological vocabulary and concepts related to organism structures and their function.

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