Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    2303ENV Zoology provides a comprehensive overview of the animals, organised in a phylogenetic manner. The course examines the diversity of the animals, their classification and evolutionary relationships, form, structure, function and interrelationships. Some emphasis is placed on groups that are terrestrial, the arthropods, and vertebrates.
    Course Introduction
    For most people, the natural environment is comprised of animals, while plants and fungi provide simply a backdrop. The interactions people have with the natural environment is largely through animals, either as objects of interest (e.g. birds and butterflies), sources of food (domestic animals, hunting) or threats to our wellbeing (e.g. crop pests, predatory animals, biting insects, disease vectors and parasites). Further, animals are essential for the proper functioning of the world (e.g. detritivores, scavengers, pollinators, and predators that maintain balance of prey populations).
    This course will review all the major groups (Phyla) of animals and consider the way of life of the enormous diversity of species, and their form and role in the world?s ecosystems. Particular emphasis will be placed on groups that are terrestrial, and those that are most prominent to people, the arthropods (insects in particular) and the vertebrates.
    With many more than 1.5 million named species, and a bewildering diversity of forms and lifestyles, some organising paradigm is required to understand this diversity. In this course the phylogeny of the animals will provide the organising concept to place them in context of other animals and to assist students in comprehending the diversity and relationships of these remarkable creatures.
    Course Aims
    This course aims to equip students with a working knowledge of the diversity of animal life and a moderate degree of familiarity with the many different forms and lifestyles of animals. It is the first descriptive biology course students will take in their degree and aims to take students from a popular (and possibly limited) view of animals to a biological perspective, with understanding of their evolution, phylogeny, classification, form and function.
    This course will provide a basic to intermediate understanding of animal diversity and will provide a broad and comprehensive knowledge of animals for students who are not specialising in the wildlife field, and serve as a solid foundation for further studies in marine or terrestrial zoology for students taking such courses.
    Students specialising in marine majors will take additional marine zoology, so, while this course is fully comprehensive, some emphasis is placed on terrestrial animals, particularly the most successful of all terrestrial animals, the insects.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 describe and discuss the diversity of animal forms and life histories;
    2 describe the role of molecular genetics in the development of the modern view of the phylogeny of life;
    3 discuss, with some authority, aspects of animal biology and relationships of animals with each other and their environment;
    4 describe the importance of animals in maintenance of a rich, diverse and healthy world;
    5 assign most common animals into their Phylum, and many into Classes or Orders;
    6 explain why the insects and vertebrates are so important in the modern world and what characteristics have enabled them to reach such importance;
    7 describe and discuss the challenge that terrestrial life has presented to animals and the solutions they have found for doing so;
    8 describe and discuss the diversity of animal life on the planet and explain the need to preserve that diversity through active efforts to protect species;
    9 be independent learners, capable and experienced with sourcing the most up-to-date information from judiciously-selected sources.
    Assessment Summary
    Quizes (4): 20%
    Laboratory Reports: 20%
    Practice-Based Assigment (Insect Collection): 15%
    Final Exam: 45%

Course Disclaimer

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