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Biology of Australian Flora & Fauna (BIOL10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeBIOL10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will include the natural history of Australia from the Cretaceous to the present, and the influence of Australian Aborigines and Europeans; Australian environments, climatic zones, major biomes; terrestrial biota: diversity, endemism and biology of Australian plants, relictual rainforests, sclerophylly, adaptation to fire, diversity, endemism and biology of unique habitats, low nutrients and aridity; diversity, endemism and biology of vertebrate fauna including amphibians and marsupials; marine environments, algae, invertebrates, reefs, mangrove communities, inland waterbodies; and ecology, conservation, and management of Australian ecosystems.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this subject students should have

  • knowledge of the evolutionary history of the Australian biota, and the influence of past changes in geology, climate and soil;
  • an appreciation of the great diversity and genetic resources of the Australian biota;
  • knowledge of the structure and physiology of native plants and animals in relation to surviving in Australian environments;
  • an understanding of the impact of humans on Australian ecosystems and issues of conservation biology; and
  • skills to improve their self-study, analysis and evaluation of biological information.

Generic skills

This subject encompasses particular generic skills so that on completion of this subject students should have developed skills relating to:

  • the organization of work schedules which permit appropriate preparation time for tutorials, practical classes and examinations;
  • the use of electronic forms of communication and the discerning use of the web for seeking information;
  • accessing information from the library employing both electronic and traditional means;
  • working collaboratively with other students in tutorials and workshops;
  • self-study and analysis and evaluation of biological information; and
  • written communication.

Last updated: 10 August 2019