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BIO3132

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Christopher Johnstone (Clayton); Dr Wendy Wright (Gippsland)

Synopsis

The diversity and biology of Australian vertebrates will be investigated in relation to biogeographical history and ecology of the region. The course examines the biology of Australian vertebrates as examples of the physiological, behavioural and nutritional adaptations that animals around the world develop in response to environmental challenges. Specific topics will include; life history strategies of birds and mammals with particular emphasis on marsupials, clutch size in birds and the relationship to latitude, cooperative breeding in birds, physiological adaptations to temperate and arid conditions, and feeding adaptations in relation to the evolution of dietary resources.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical factors that have influenced the evolution of the Australian vertebrate fauna;

  1. Explain the significance of physiological, behavioural, reproductive and nutritional adaptations in vertebrates in relation to their ecology;

  1. Describe the diversity and distribution of major vertebrate taxa in Australia;

  1. Demonstrate competence in techniques for investigating the functional biology of organisms;

  1. Communicate scientific findings in oral and written forms.

Assessment

Examination (2.5 hours): 50%
Written reports: 40%
Oral presentation 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and the equivalent of 3 hours of practical and/or field work per week

Prerequisites

BIO2242 and an additional 6 points from level two BIO units, or ENV2712 and BIO2752.