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BIOL2021: Zoology

This unit of study provides an overview of the functional and phylogenetic diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. The material is presented within the conceptual framework of evolution, the foundation of biology. Lectures explore the diversity of major functional systems and behaviour in the context of environmental challenges and the ecological roles of different animal groups. Laboratory classes include dissections and demonstrations of the functional anatomy of invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as experiments. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.

Code BIOL2021
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
BIOL2921 or BIOL2011 or BIOL2911 or BIOL2012 or BIOL2912
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. appreciate evidence for evolution and phylogenetic relationships
  • LO2. recall the names of the major phyla and their major subdivisions
  • LO3. comment on the important evolutionary, ecological, and morphological features of each phylum
  • LO4. understand the major physiological and behavioural concepts and how these relate to animal diversity and function
  • LO5. use field guides and dichotomous keys in the identification of animals
  • LO6. apply practical skills, such as dissection, in the study of animals
  • LO7. apply information and computing skills to access appropriate databases and other resources to gather and assess information about animal biology
  • LO8. develop written and oral communication skills to disseminate knowledge relating to animal biology
  • LO9. participate in more advanced units of study involving animal biology.