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Advanced Biology and Society KPZ715



his unit examines contemporary theories and concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology in terms of the ways that these ideas are used to inform both scientific progress and public debate. Modern biological theories are profoundly affecting such things as the ways in which we view developmental biology, macroevolution, conservation, the impacts of introduced species and the role of Darwinism in social policy. Through a series of structured readings, self-guided research and group discussions you will develop, to an advanced level,  your cognitive, technical and communication skills to critically analyse and synthesise complex information and concepts or theories and their application to different bodies of knowledge or practice. Assignments will demonstrate your mastery in using primary literature to critique and apply such information in addressing current debates about the application of evolutionary and ecological theories to public policty and discourse. This will allow you to demonstrate an advanced level of scientific communication skills and understanding of scientific reasoning as applied to ecology and evolutionary biology.


Unit name Advanced Biology and Society
Unit code KPZ715
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology

Assoc Prof LA Barmuta

Teaching staff

Other School of Biological Sciences staff

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,126.00 010900

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Mutual Exclusions

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

  • KZA306
  • KPZ305
  • KZA706


Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 4-hr practical/workshop weekly (13 wks)


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