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BZ3705 - The Australian Vertebrate Fauna

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

The biogeography, evolution and contemporary diversity of terrestrial vertebrates and marine reptiles and mammals in Australia. Topics include geological and climate history of Australia; biogeographic regions of Australia, origins and evolution of the vertebrate fauna; behaviour, breeding and life histories of vertebrates in relation to the Australian environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • achieve familiarity with diversity of Australian vertebrates;
  • acquire skill in techniques required for survey and wildlife research in Australia;
  • proficiency in handling and species identification of vertebrates;
  • skill in report writing for fauna survey.
Understanding of diversity of animal life. Ability to summarise and present ecological data in a scientific report. Competency in using library resources to extract and assimilate information from the scientific literature. Ability to develop and present concepts in an argumentative essay.
Prerequisites: ZL1001 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004 OR BZ1006 OR BZ1007
BZ2705 BZ5705 ZL3203 ZL5203


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf, Empro Ross Alford, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (25%); report on practicals/field trip (25%).

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