BZ2808 - Adapting to Environmental Challenges
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
This subject considers the ways that animals and plants interact and adapt to the
physical aspects of their environment. We examine the morphological, physiological
and behavioural adaptations that arise from environmental challenges faced by species
across a range of spatial and temporal scales. In the practical component of this
subject, students get to project manage a scientific study from beginning to end.
Working in small groups, students design a research experiment that examines/tests
the adaptations of a non-protected plant/invertebrate species, conduct that experiment,
manage the project logistics and budget, analyse the results, and are trained to report
their findings in two formats: a seminar and a peer-reviewed written report. Students
also learn to constructively critique the work of others and gain experience in the
peer review process.
- Identify and describe the morphological, physiological and behavioural mechanisms
by which animals and plants accommodate physical limitations of specific environments;
- Evaluate evidence of adaptation across different taxa and ecosystems, and describe
the trends observed;
- Collect and critically evaluate primary, peer reviewed scientific knowledge about
an area of research, and determine the quality and quantity of information relevant
to the proposed study;
- Work in a small team to design and run a scientific project, with compliance to national,
state and local government legislation, WH&S guidelines, financial constraints, assessment
objectives and project deadlines;
- Communicate the results of a scientific research project in oral and written forms,
via a presentation to an open forum, and with a scientific paper;
- Critique others work, by participating in the peer review of other BZ2808 and BZ5808
scientific studies, and provide constructive feedback to the authors.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good background in level 1 science
subjects including chemistry (CH1011 or CH1001) zoology and botany (BZ1005 OR BZ1004
OR BZ1003 OR BZ1006 OR BZ1007 OR BZ1008) or equivalent.
||BZ1004 OR BZ1005 OR BZ1006 OR BZ1007 OR BZ1008
|BZ5008 ZL2008 ZL5008 BZ5808 BZ2008
Study Period 2
|Census Date 24-Aug-2017
||Dr Lucas Cernusak
||Dr Lucas Cernusak, Assoc. Professor Mia Hoogenboom, Dr Alex Cheesman.
- 26 hours lectures
- 15 hours practicals
||on-course assessment; (50%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).
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