Courses & Units

Biology of Animals KZA161

Hobart, Launceston

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Introduction

KZA161 Biology of Animals is offered in Attending and Distance mode. In Attending mode, (offered in both Launceston and Hobart) student participation in fortnightly face to face practical classes is compulsory during the semester. Students enrolling in Distance mode will not attend fortnightly practical classes in the laboratory, but must be available for a compulsory intensive practical session Tues-Thurs 9am to 5pm in week 12 to be eligible to pass the unit. This intensive session will be run in Hobart.

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. This unit is taught in a blended style with material delivered both face to face and online, and is available to distance students who will complete an intensive 3 day session of practicals in week 12 in Hobart.

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 an elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory

Availability

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

Key

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 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? 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. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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.
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

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on 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 per week and 7 x 3-hr practical sessions.  Plus a number of assigned independent learning activities.

AssessmentOnline quiz (2.5%)|Online quiz (2.5%)|Online quiz (7.5%)|Practical test (20%)|Final exam (50%)|Lab work (7.5%)|Lab work (5%)|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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