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AG1007 - Introduction to Plants and Animals for Veterinary Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

To be a veterinarian you require a broad understanding of the natural world. This subject is designed to acquaint it you with the full range of biodiversity, from plants to mammals, and everything in between. We will examine the origins and organisation of all life, and learn the principles that allow you to make sense of the diversity of structure. In lectures, we will expose you to the vital basic knowledge required for understanding scientific principles of plant and animal biology, which is designed as an introduction allowing you to conduct more advanced and specialised studies later. In the laboratories, you will review these principles, and be exposed to examples of biodiversity in all its wonder and complexity. You will learn the basic features of animals and plants. Some student comments about this subject: "Pracs were great and really helped to enforce lectures." "The lectures were very interesting, and related the information in a way we could understand". "Everything was great! The lecturers were always willing to help and answer questions, and the pracs were just wonderful."

Learning Outcomes

  • to differentiate principles of plant and animal biology and apply them in more advanced and specialised studies;
  • to demonstrate practical skills in botany and zoology;
  • to practice observation, recording, evaluation and reporting of scientific information.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (75%) - Individual
  • Field Trip video - (10%) - Individual.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of Chemistry, Mathematics and English to Grade 12 (Queensland) or equivalent. Students without chemistry and mathematics must complete CH1020 and MA1020 in first year.
BZ1003 BZ1004 AG1003 AG1004 BZ1007 BS1007


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Myles Menz
Lecturers: Professor Michael Kingsford, Mrs Ebony Allen-Ankins, Dr Myles Menz, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 22 hours workshops - 11 x 2 hour practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.