BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology

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 major sequences
  • Level 1 core unit in the Coastal and Ocean Systems specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Biology specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
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 a project.
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, handling biological materials and equipment in a proficient and safe manner.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual continuous assessment of lecture content and practical work; (2) a group project involving data analysis and written assignments; 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 Tim Langlois and Dr Renae Hovey
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
WACE Biological Sciences
TEE Biology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical or group work sessions: 3 hours per week (approximately)
Students who have not taken BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology can find suggested preliminary reading in the unit outline.

Ladiges, P. et al. Biology: an Australian Focus, 5th edn: McGraw-Hill 2014

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