Courses & Units

Biology of Animals KZA161

Hobart, Launceston

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Introduction

KZA161 Biology of Animals 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. KZA161 is offered in attending mode. Face-to-face practical sessions are offered in both Hobart and Launceston - active participation in these weekly practical sessions is required to pass the unit. This unit is delivered in a blended style with material delivered both face to face and online.

Summary

Unit name Biology of Animals
Unit code KZA161
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology
Coordinator Doctor Ashley Edwards
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

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On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe 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 practical skills (including observation and interpretation) in the examination and interpretation of specimens and results.
  • Correctly and safely use relevant pieces of laboratory equipment.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010915 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 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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2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

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

KZA151 AND KZA150 AND JFA101 AND JFA102

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2 lectures and a 3-hr practical session per week.  Plus a number of assigned independent learning activities.

AssessmentOnline quiz (3%)|Online quiz (3%)|Lab Assessment (12.5%)| (20%)|Final exam (40%)|Lab Assessment (4%)|Lab Assessment (12.5%)|Introductory Writing Task (5%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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