ZOOL203 Vertebrate Zoology - Evolution and Diversity

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Updated: 11 October 2019
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
19 August 2020 22 August 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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.