ANIM2207 Animal Form and Function

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Zoology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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.
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.

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)
Assoc/Prof Theodore Evans
Unit rules
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
ANIM2210 Animal Science, ANIM2204 Vertebrate Zoology, ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
Contact hours
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs/practical classes: 3–4 hours per week

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

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