Courses & Units

Functional Biology of Animals KZA212




This core unit provides a broad training in fundamental aspects of zoology, and with KPZ211 (the other core unit), forms an essential basis for specialist studies in Zoology at level 3. This unit focuses on developing students' understanding of functional anatomy and comparative animal physiology from an evolutionary perspective. Lectures include: physiological integration and control, comparative physiology of circulation, respiration, excretion and osmoregulation, and food acquisition strategies. Practical classes aim to develop skills in observation, data collection and analysis, oral and written communication, and an appreciation of the comparative approach to the study of physiological adaptations in animals. The practical format will be varied, involving some independent learning activities, and students will be required to participate in some group work.


Unit name Functional Biology of Animals
Unit code KZA212
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology

Dr Ashley Edwards

Teaching staff

Dr Ashley Edwards (Coordinator), Prof Elissa Cameron, Dr Scott Carver

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 010915

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Teaching Pattern

2 hours of lectures per week and a three hour practical each week (13 weeks)


End of semester 2 - 3 hr theory exam (50%), Practical work (50%)

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