UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Conservation Biology; Zoology; Botany; Agricultural Science; Marine Science major sequences
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Biology specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit explores diversity of form and function of animals, plants and fungi, in marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats. It considers their origins, taxonomic relationships, structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations, their lifestyles, reproductive modes and life history strategies. There is an emphasis on how these characteristics allow living organisms to exploit a wide range of environmental conditions, and on the impact of changes in those conditions, through either natural occurrences or anthropogenic effects. It provides the basic knowledge required for field-based biology such as ecology, eco-physiology or environmental management. The unit provides a comprehensive introduction to organismal biology and demonstrates the process of biological enquiry via engaging students in an online journal project.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) recall and articulate the diversity of ways that living organisms live and how functional adaptations allow organisms to exploit a wide range of environmental conditions; (2) understand how knowledge of biological processes can be used to make management decisions in natural or altered ecosystems; (3) describe how structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations allow organisms to exploit a wide range of environmental conditions; (4) demonstrate the principles of experimental design and analysis through application to practical exercises and assignments; (5) demonstrate critical thinking through practical assessments; and (6) work cooperatively in practical classes and in the field, handling biological materials and equipment in a proficient and safe manner.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) continuous assessment of lectures and practical content; (2) a journal project involving data analysis, written assignments and peer review; and (3) a final examination. 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 Nicola Mitchell and Dr Tim Langlois
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology or WACE Biological Sciences or TEE Biology
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; practical sessions: 3 hours per week (approximately)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL1131/SEM-2/2017
Note This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

Students who have not taken BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology should contact the unit coordinators for preliminary reading.

Ladiges, P. et al. Biology: an Australian Focus, 5th edn: McGraw-Hill

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