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Unit Overview

Description
Animals provide evidence of the many and varied solutions to the challenges imposed on them by their changing environment. This unit builds on knowledge of the diversity of animals and interprets the differences and similarities within the framework of their evolutionary relationships to each other. While sometimes very different, animals provide many fascinating examples of solutions to the problems of gaining nutrients, removing wastes and surviving to reproduce the next generation. The unit provides a broad overview of animal function and structure and integrates this information with that introduced in earlier units of the major. It is a step leading to the units of Level 3 of the major where the underlying fundamental mechanisms and processes are revealed.
Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Zoology; Wildlife Conservation; Biodiversity and Evolution major sequences
  • Level 2 elective
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the structures of animals from animals representing a broad cross-section of animal diversity; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the function of these structures; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the phylogenetic history of the animals; (4) describe the developmental pattern of the animals; and (5) apply the basic techniques in handling and working with animals in a laboratory environment.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theory examination; (2) a practical test; and (3) three reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assoc. Prof. Theodore Evans & Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Rodger
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) EART1105 Dynamic Planet (ID 1247) or Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology (ID 1244) or Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (ID 1254)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/practical classes: 3–4 hours per week
Text

Hickman Jr, C. P. et al. Integrated Principles of Zoology, 15th edn: McGraw-Hill Higher Education 2011

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