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 KPZ313 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 Biological Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Christopher Burridge
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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.
  • Conduct and interpret results of animal-based surveys, considering the limitations of the approaches used.
  • Defend or refute a position using peer-reviewed scientific literature in appropriately referenced written documents
  • Explain globally significant threats to fauna conservation and potential management solutions, supported by Tasmanian examples.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010915 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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KZA212 Functional Biology of Animals

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture per week, 13 weeks

Practical sessions held in 11 weeks, of 1-4 hours per practical

Individual study: self-directed contribution to practical activities (scoring of camera trap images)

AssessmentCritical Appraisal Assignment (20%)|Examination (40%)|Fieldwork report (40%)
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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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