BZ5808 - Adapting to Environmental Challenges
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Postgraduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma
of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Master of Science, Graduate Certificate
of Research Methods, Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Graduate Certificate of Development
Practice and Graduate Diploma of Development Practice.
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 manage a scientific project from beginning to end. Working
in small groups, students are able to design two research experiments that examine
adaptations of a non-protected plant and invertebrate species, conduct those experiments,
manage the project logistics and budgets, analyse the results, and are trained to
report their findings in two formats: delivering a seminar and writing peer-reviewed
written reports. 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
two areas of research, and determine the quality and quantity of information relevant
to the proposed studies;
- Work in a small team to design and run two scientific projects, with compliance to
national, state and local government legislation, WH&S guidelines, financial constraints,
assessment objectives and project deadlines;
- Communicate the results of two scientific research projects in both oral and written
forms, via a presentation to an open forum, and with a scientific paper outlining
- Critique others work, by participating in the peer review of other BZ5808 and BZ2808
scientific studies, and provide constructive feedback to the authors.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of chemistry,
zoology and botany. (CH1011 AND (BZ1005 OR BZ1004 OR BZ1003)) or equivalent.
|BZ5008 ZL2008 ZL5008 BZ2008 BZ2808
Study Period 2
|Census Date 24-Aug-2017
||Dr Lucas Cernusak
||Dr Lucas Cernusak, Dr Alex Cheesman.
- 26 hours lectures
- 15 hours practicals
||on-course assessment; (50%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).
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