MB5380 - Invertebrate Biology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate
Certificate of Science, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Development
Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science and Master of
This subject provides an advanced treatment of the major phyla of marine and terrestrial
invertebrates. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution and physical diversity of
the phyla and their main biological and life-history features. Topics include phylogenetic
relationships among the metazoans; biodiversity represented by invertebtrates; patterns
of evolution within the major phyla; reasons for the success of the major phyla. Students
will be required to attend lectures and practicals in MB2080.
- To acquire knowledge of the names and distinguishing features of all major invertebrate
phyla. For some phyla, more detailed knowledge is expected of classification, anatomy
and life histories;
- To acquire knowledge of the ways these phyla might be grouped in a larger phylogenetic
- To appreciate invertebrate biodiversity, past and present;
- To appreciate the diversity of life histories, habitats and biology among the phyla;
- To learn methods for handling, examining and preparing typical invertebrates.
- Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
- Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (18%)
- - (42%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant
discipline (eg biology or environmental science) or have acquired equivalent knowledge
through other study. A good background in biology is essential, particularly invertebrate
zoology. A basic understanding of chemistry is recommended.
|MB2080 ZL2005 ZL5005
Study Period 2
|Census Date 27-Aug-2020
||Assoc. Professor David Bourne
||Assoc. Professor David Bourne, Dr Waldo Nuez-Ortin, Dr Janine Sheaves, Dr Orpha Bellwood, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours lectures
- 22 hours practicals
- 6 hours fieldwork
- assessment and self-directed study
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