UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANIM3361 Animal Populations

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Zoology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit analyses the way animal populations fluctuate and use resources in space and time. It considers how individuals within populations interact with each other and with individuals in populations of other species, including those interactions that contribute to the determination of the biodiversity apparent in communities today. It covers population parameters such as age structure, birth and death rates and how these are used to construct life tables and population models. Theories and empirical evidence as to how biodiversity has developed over time and is currently maintained are considered along with discussion of how biodiversity contributes to ecosystem function and how that biodiversity should be managed and conserved.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) acquire a knowledge of population parameters and use them to produce population models; (2) understand how models are used to manage and conserve animal populations; (3) understand how populations interact with populations of the same and different species and model those responses; (4) design, execute and analyse an experiment to determine resource use by an invertebrate animal; (5) articulate the main characteristics of communities and the divergent theories on how diversity is generated and maintained; (6) discuss the effectiveness of different methods of community conservation; (7) use multivariate techniques to analyse community data; and (8) critically assess recent and relevant literature.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a mid-semester test (20 per cent); (2) an end-of-semester examination (30 per cent); (3) data analysis and interpretation exercises (40 per cent); and (4) written critiques (10 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jane Prince
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ANIM2207 Animal Function and Structure or ENVT2250 Ecology
Incompatibility: ANIM3301 Animal Ecology, ANIM8301 Animal Ecology, ANIM3304 Behavioural Ecology, ANIM8304 Behavioural Ecology
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANIM3361/SEM-1/2017

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