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BZ2008 - Adaptation to Environmental Change

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

This subject considers the ways that animals and plants interact with physical aspects of their environment, matching form with function as well as the effects of environmental change at a range of spatial and temporal scales. We deal with morphological, physiological and behavioural adaptations used to accommodate environmental challenges. We also emphasise an experimental field approach to measuring interactions with environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • understanding the effects of physical features of the environment on animal function;
  • understanding of the mechanisms by which animals accommodate physical limitations of their environment;
  • understanding of the effects of environmental change on animal function;
  • development of experimental skills in field biology;
  • understanding of the linkage between animal form and function.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good background in level 1 science subjects including chemistry (CH1001, BM1000 or CH1011), zoology (BZ1004), botany (BZ1003) and have a good understanding of quantitative methods in biology (BS2001 or BZ2001 or AG2001), or equivalents.
Prerequisites: (ZL1001 OR AG1004 OR BZ1004) AND (BS2001 OR AG2001 OR BZ2001)
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ5008 ZL2008 ZL5008

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Empro Joseph Holtum
Lecturers: Empro Joseph Holtum, Assoc. Professor Mia Hoogenboom, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf, Professor Andrew Krockenberger, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on-course assessment; (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Empro Joseph Holtum
Lecturers: Empro Joseph Holtum, Assoc. Professor Mia Hoogenboom, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf, Professor Andrew Krockenberger, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on-course assessment; (50%).

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.