|Year of offer||2018|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Animals show remarkable diversity in form and function. In this subject you will explore how form and function are related, starting with simple animals like corals and working up to apes and humans. We ask: How are these animals related by evolution? What do they do, and how do they do this? These are the different ‘technologies’ animals have evolved to solve the problem of how to move and feed. In the practicals, you will learn how to classify animals and interpret their features, and develop an understanding of how birds fly, fish feed, worms burrow and parasites infect us.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should have an appreciation of the relationship between structure and function in animals, especially the mechanisms involved in locomotion and food capture; skills in dissection of animals and drawing to show structure; an insight into the evolutionary history, diversity and relationships of animal groups, and the unique adaptations of these groups that allow them to occupy diverse habitats and roles in ecosystems.
The subject builds upon generic skills developed in first year level subjects, including the ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge and an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate theories and communicate ideas. Students should also develop skills in the use of observations to pose and answer questions and to solve practical problems. Students should master the terminology of the field and gain experience in using that mastery to access a large body of scientific literature and material. Thus they should develop the ability to critically evaluate questions and issues within any scientific field.
Eligibility and requirements
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|BIOL10004||Biology of Cells and Organisms||
|BIOL10005||Genetics & The Evolution of Life||
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|BIOL10002||Biomolecules and Cells||
|BIOL10003||Genes and Environment||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
o Assessment of laboratory work via 10 x 5 minute online mini quizzes during each practical class throughout the semester (25%);
o assessment of essay work (up to 750 words; 20%);
o a 30-minute mid-semester progress test (15%); and
o a 2-hour written examination during the examination period, covering both lecture and practical material (40%)
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Robert Day Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 2 x one hour lectures per week; 10 x three hour practical classes Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018 Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018 Census date 31 March 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018 Assessment period ends 22 June 2018
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours
Additional delivery details
Lectures and laboratory based practical work.
This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities.
Hickman et al Integrated Principles of Zoology, McGraw Hill
- Subject notes
This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Major Zoology Informal specialisation Selective subjects for B-BMED Informal specialisation Zoology
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.