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BZ5008 - Adaptation to Environmental Change

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

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.

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. It deals with morphological, physiological and behavioural adaptations used to accommodate environmental challenges. It also emphasises an experimental field approach to measuring interactions with environment. Students will be required to attend lectures, practicals and field work in BZ2008. Students will also be expected to show proficiency in biological statistics as a prerequisite.

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 adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner.
Assumed
Knowledge:
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 zoology (BZ1004), botany (BZ1003)and a sound understanding of quantitative methods in biology (BZ5001 or equivalent).
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ2008 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
  • 10 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
  • 10 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.