ZOOL203 Vertebrate Zoology - Evolution and Diversity

Updated: 22 July 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory The Trimester 2 Intensive School will not be offered in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites BIOL110 and BIOL120 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM251 or EM561 or ZOOL230

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Fritz Geiser (fgeiser@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit deals with the origins, evolution, classification, diversity, conservation, behaviour, reproductive biology, ecology, and adaptive radiation of extinct and extant vertebrates. Comparisons of the structure and function of each of the major organ systems are made among the living vertebrate classes. The unit requires animal experimentation and/or dissection during some mandatory practical classes. The unit covers vertebrate zoology and ecology on a global scale, but there is some emphasis placed upon the evolution and ecology of Australian vertebrate fauna. This unit is essential for further specialisation in marine and terrestrial vertebrate biology and ecology.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Vertebrate Life

ISBN: 9781605356075
Pough, F. H. and others, Oxford University Press 10th ed. 2018

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Species Account.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Practical 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Practical: electronic practical book

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Take Home Exam 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

Take Home Open Book Exam

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a good understanding of the evolution and diversity of the main vertebrate groups and their relationship to one another;
  2. compare and contrast the morphological and physiological features that distinguish the main vertebrate groups;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the link between structure and function in vertebrates; and
  4. summarise the evolutionary lineage of the major vertebrate groups and the main evolutionary events that occurred along the way.