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BZ5008 - Adaptation to Environmental Change

[Not offered in 2020]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science or Masters of Development Practice.

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. Yet not all conceivable possibilities of organism form are physically possible or explored. In this subject, our theme is to explore and understand the fundamental constraints imposed by the environments that Life inhabits as well as how key processes within plants and animals themselves have shaped the evolution of the modern biosphere. We will look at rise and diversification of key plant/animal adaptations in conjunction with their functions in Life's two key media: air and water.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the roles of fundamental plant and animal structures and physiological processes in relation to function as well as appreciate the diversity of these interactions;
  • understand how the ways organisms function shapes how our world works;
  • understand the roles of plants and animals as forces of nature in relation to global climate change processes.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (25%)
  • Practical reports - (50%)
  • take home exam - (25%).
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in biology or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have a good background in organismal biology (BS1007 or equivalent) and an ability to conduct simple statistical analyses in practical reports.
BZ2008 BZ2808 BZ5808 ZL2008 ZL5008

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.