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BZ1006 - Diversity of Life

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject introduces students to the amazing biodiversity on planet Earth. It provides an introduction to the genesis and evolution of various life forms across earth's history, with an emphasis on the major groups of plants and animals. Primarily, we focus on aspects of their classification, morphology, physiology, behaviour, ecology and evolution. We also investigate the chemical and cellular basis of life that influences the form, function and behaviour of these different life forms.

Learning Outcomes

  • use and apply fundamental practical techniques for studying plants and animals;
  • apply analytical and problem solving skills to investigate and present research on biology in oral and written modes;
  • apply morphological, physiological and behavioural knowledge to whole plant and animal biology across different ecosystems.

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.
BZ1004 BZ1003 BZ1007 BS1007


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Dr Tasmin Rymer
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 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.