|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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.
Eligibility and requirements
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
Submission of two activities from the self-study program, each having a maximum of 1000 words due during the semester (25%); a 50-minute online multiple choice test held mid semester (15%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (60%).
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Coordinators Lisa Godinho and Mike Bayly Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 3 x one hour lectures per week, 10 self-study activities and 6 one-hour tutorials during the semester. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Time commitment details
Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours
R B Knox, P Y Ladiges, B K Evans and R Saint, Biology, An Australian Focus. 5th Ed, McGraw-Hill, 2014
- 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.
This subject is a joint botany and zoology subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Major Landscape Ecosystem Management major Informal specialisation Selective subjects for B-BMED Breadth track Australian Wildlife Breadth track Marine Life Breadth track Australian flora Breadth track Ecology
- 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.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.