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.
|Unit name||Biology of Animals|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Ashley Edwards|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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 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).
- 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 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KZA151 AND KZA150 AND JFA101 AND JFA102
2 lectures and a 3-hr practical session per week. Plus a number of assigned independent learning activities.
|Assessment||Online quiz (3%)|Online quiz (3%)|Lab Assessment (12.5%)|Lab Assessment (4%)|Lab Assessment (12.5%)|Final exam (40%)|Test or quiz (20%)|Introductory Writing Task (5%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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