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BZ1008 - Functional Biology

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

Organisms have evolved an astonishing diversity of form and function over the long evolution of life. Nowhere is such diversity most on display than in the tropics. The tropics teem with life, with some of the most bizarre plants and animals that have ever existed. We will look at form and function of key features across life's diversity and how these structures relate to functional performance in life's two vital media: air and water. Examples of fundamental concepts to be explored and extended include: How do plants eat the air? How do plants stand tall and not fall? How do animals move and maintain appropriate resource balances?

Learning Outcomes

  • to acquire proficiency in observation, recording, evaluation and reporting of scientific information;
  • develop the vital basic knowledge required for understanding scientific principles of plant and animal survival in their environment and their application in more advanced and specialised studies;
  • acquire hands-on practical skills in botany and zoology physiology.
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.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr Taylor Feild
Lecturers: Dr Igor Pirozzi, Dr Angela Capper, Dr Taylor Feild.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 12 hours practicals - 6 x 2 hour practicals
Assessment: practical reports (40%); take home exam (30%); functional morphology poster (30%).

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.