University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    Recommended prerequisite: BIOL1020+BIOL1040

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course will cover animal diversity & evolution, from primitive metazoans to vertebrates. It describes the fantastic diversity of animal and life histories in an evolutionary and phylogenetic context. Students will become familiar with body form & function, & life history characteristics of the major groups of animals.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Describe the major animal phyla and there evolutionary relationships
    2. Know the basic animal plans and know how they are formed
    3. Be familiar with the different ways different groups of animals move, acquire food, respire, maintain fluid balance and reproduce.
    4. Be familiar with the diversity of animal life-history and reproductive strategies
    5. Be able to identify an animal to phylum and order and know how to access information to enable to identify animals to lower taxonomic levels.
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours
    Laboratory performance
    Type: Laboratory
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: During scheduled laboratory time
    Weight: 25%
    Task Description: Students will be assessed via a short quiz at the end of reach practical class. Quizzes will cover material learnt in the practical that they just participated in.
    Mid-semester exam
    Type: Exam - Mid Semester During Class
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Due Date: Mid-semester
    Weight: 25%
    Reading: 0 minutes
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer
    Task Description: Will cover material presented in lectures 1 through 15. Will consists of both multipule choice and short answer questions.
    End of semester exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 50%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer
    Task Description: Covers material covered in entire course, but with strong emphasis on lectures 15-34. Students must achieve at least 50% in the final exam to recieve a passing grade in the course.

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