BIOL4406 Vertebrate Zoology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Conservation Biology; Marine Science; Zoology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This is an advanced-level unit reviewing the diversity, structure and functioning of vertebrates set in an evolutionary context. Particular attention is devoted to evolutionary history of the vertebrate groups. The major groups are then discussed in terms of their structure and function. This includes life history, physiology, osteology and soft anatomy. Assessment integrates the theoretical and practical components of the unit. The unit provides a level of experience to those students intending to progress to higher degree studies involving vertebrate zoology, and also those intending to seek employment in biological areas, both private and governmental.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the diversity of form of vertebrates; (2) understand the function of vertebrates; (3) understand the evolutionary links among the vertebrate groups; (4) understand the ecology of selected groups; (5) recognise vertebrate animals and assign them to class, sub-class and order in selected cases; (6) recognise and describe the distinguishing characteristics of each of these taxonomic levels; and (7) dissect a representative vertebrate from each class and recognise the major organ systems and their relationships and connections to the rest of the body.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) theory examination; (2) field trip report; and (3) environmental adaptation report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Phil Withers and Dr James O'Shea
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
a major in Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology
or
equivalent
Contact hours
6 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Text

Hickman, R., Keen, E., Larson A. and L’Anson H. Integrated Principles of Zoology: McGrawHill 2011

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