Courses & Units

Biology of Animals XPD135

Introduction

This unit provides an introduction to the scientific study of animals. Students are introduced to animal diversity through studying the major invertebrate and vertebrate phyla with an emphasis on Australian examples. We consider the structural and functional characteristics of each group from an evolutionary perspective, with a focus on understanding relationships between structure and function. Lectures in comparative animal physiology, introduce students to the fundamental principles underlying animal life, and provide a functional basis for understanding animals' physiological adaptions to diverse environments. There is a strong emphasis on developing skills in practical zoology and scientific writing; students are expected to participate in some group activities. This unit is taught in a blended style with material delivered both face to face and online.

Summary

Unit name Biology of Animals
Unit code XPD135
Credit points 12.5
College/School Academic Division
Provost
Discipline University Pathways
Coordinator Amanda Henry
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Third Party (UP Education)
Level Introductory

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the diversity within the animal kingdom and relevant principals that underpin its diversification and classification;
  • Explain how structure and function are related in animals and how they are relevant to survival;
  • Explain the fundamental physical principles that govern animal physiology;
  • Demonstrate proficiency of practical (including observation and interpretation) skills in the examination and interpretation of specimens;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in correct and safe use of relevant pieces of laboratory equipment.
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Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

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Teaching

Assessment1 Invertebrate MCQs Quiz Online (2.5%)|Chordates Multiple Choice Quiz Online (2.5%)|Physiology Short Answer Quiz in the Lab (7.5%)|Open Book Practical Test in the Lab (25%)|Examination (50%)|2 Dissection Drawing in the Lab (5%)|3 Biological Drawing in the Lab (7.5%)
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Textbooks

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