AUSTRALIAN FAUNA AND ECOLOGY

ZOO2FE

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the evolution, biology and ecology of Australian terrestrial fauna. It will introduce different phyla, with a particular emphasis on Arthropoda and Chordata, how they differ in form and function, and in the use of keys for identifying them. The taxa considered include: insects, spiders, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. The unit places a strong emphasis on examining evolutionary processes and how this has contributed to diversity. In so doing, students will be introduced to important biogeographical and ecological concepts and processes that are relevant to Australian fauna. Practical classes involve identification of major invertebrate and vertebrate groups and make use of reserves managed by the University or Parks Victoria. They will introduce students to field survey techniques used in terrestrial and aquatic habitats and the appropriate presentation of invertebrate collections.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Peters

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1EEB

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ZOO2AFE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply key morphological features to distinguish the major animal groups in Australia and related evolutionary processes.

Activities:
Online quizzes plus theory exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Define and explain key concepts in Animal Ecology.

Activities:
Online quizzes plus theory exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Classify Australian animals into taxa using physical characteristics and/or dichotomous keys.

Activities:
Group learning activities - Students participate in practical classes activities demonstrating appropriate techniques.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Apply fauna survey techniques to create reference collections of insects and other fauna.

Activities:
Group learning activities - Students participate in practical classes activities demonstrating appropriate techniques.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Communicate the outcomes of fauna surveys in writing.

Activities:
Group learning activities - Students participate in workshops and group discussions on experimental design prior to selecting a sampling design for each project. Short answer questions in practical manual and practical investigations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size210

Enrolment information Quota due to limited lab space Merit based quota. Based on academic performance in BIO1EEB.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Peters

Class requirements

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.

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two online quizzesEquivalent to 1000 words25 01, 02
1-hour written theory examEquivalent to 1000 words25 01, 02, 03
Practical class worksheetsEquivalent to 400 words10 03, 04, 05
Insect collection (specimen or pictorial)Equivalent to 1000 words20 03, 04
Laboratory reportEquivalent to 1000 words20 03, 04, 05