AUSTRALIAN FAUNA AND ECOLOGY
Credit points: 15
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.
Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Peters
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management
Quota-conditions or rulesBased on academic performance in BIO1EEB.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment size210
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Peters
LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Two online quizzesEquivalent to 1000 words
1-hour written theory examEquivalent to 1000 words
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Practical class worksheetsEquivalent to 400 words
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Insect collection (specimen or pictorial)Equivalent to 1000 words
Laboratory reportEquivalent to 1000 words
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