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BZ1007 - Introduction to Biodiversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

"It is the full range of biodiversity we must care for, not just one or two stars" - Sir David Attenborough. This subject is designed to acquaint it you with the full range of biodiversity, from tiny single-celled plants and animals, to massive fig trees and ancient oaks, to ants and whales, and everything in between. We will examine the origins and organisation of all this life, and learn the principles that allow you to make sense of biodiversity. 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: "I simply loved it! Was the best subject I have taken." " Just to let you know: before this subject I was diving and looking at animals and knew their common names and some special things about them. Now I am diving ... and I know their body structure and their evolutionary pathways - more than just a few facts. I can you tell stuff about animals I've never seen before because I can identify them and put them into phyla, classes and orders.... It is amazing! Thank you!" "The lecturers were funny but never lost track of were they are going in this subject. Looking forward to having more subjects with them". "The assessment kept you on track and you constantly studied". "Awesome field trip!"

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.
Assumed
Knowledge:
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.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AG1003 AG1004 AG1007 BZ1003 BZ1004 BZ1006

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Janine Sheaves
Lecturers: Professor Joseph Holtum, <Person not found>, Dr Neil Hutchinson, Dr Janine Sheaves, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 22 hours practicals - 11 x 2 hour practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (15%); quizzes or tests (75%); eportfolio (10%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Janine Sheaves
Lecturers: Dr Neil Hutchinson, Dr Janine Sheaves.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 22 hours practicals - 11 x 2 hour practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (20%); quizzes or tests (20%); botany theory test (10%); eportfolio (30%); invertebrate theory test (10%); vertebrate theory test (10%).

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.