Courses & Units

Fauna of Tasmania KPZ314



Tasmania has a distinctive fauna, even in Australian contexts, but it illustrates a range of principles that are globally relevant. This unit will provide students with an understanding of the factors that influence the diversity and distribution of biota, with an emphasis on insular systems (island biogeography) and the roles of abiotic and biotic factors. Some fauna will be approached from the perspective of their ecosystems (e.g., freshwater animals), while others will be dealt with on a taxon-by-taxon basis, but emphasising aspects of their ecology and evolutionary history that can explain their present diversity and distribution. The unit also challenges students to critically assess questions of relevance to fauna conservation, drawing support from published sources. The practical component develops proficiency in field survey design and techniques, and downstream critique of results. The combination of this unit with the field-based the summer school KPZ301 Tasmanian Field Ecology, and KPZ3YY Plants of Tasmania provides some of the best undergraduate training in practical field ecology in Australia.


Unit name Fauna of Tasmania
Unit code KPZ314
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology
Coordinator Associate Professor Christopher Burridge
Teaching staff Professor Christopher Johnson|Professor Menna Jones
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate factors that influence the diversity and distribution of biota, particularly in regard to insular systems such as Tasmania.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of data from animal-based surveys
  • Defend or refute a position by employing peer-reviewed scientific literature.
  • Explain globally significant threats to fauna conservation and potential management solutions, supported by Tasmanian examples.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010915 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Admission into a Masters course OR KZA212 Functional Biology of Animals

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr lecture weekly and 8 x 3-hr practical weekly

AssessmentExamination (40%)|Cryptozoa report (30%)|Avifauna observations. (15%)|Critical Appraisal Assignment. (15%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


McNab A. (2018) The Guide to Tasmanian Wildlife. Fullers Bookshop, Launceston.

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