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BZ2725 - Australian Terrestrial Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

The diversity, evolutionary history, and biology of terrestrial vertebrates of Australia. This subject will cover the major vertebrate groups in Australia (mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs), focusing on patterns of diversity, biogeography and evolutionary history in this region, and particularly interesting aspects of their natural history and behaviour.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate skills in techniques required for survey and wildlife research in Australia;
  • demonstrate knowledge of report writing for fauna survey;
  • recall the diversity of Australian vertebrates;
  • demonstrate proficiency in handling and species identification of terrestrial vertebrates.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Journal - (25%) - Individual.
Assumed
Knowledge:
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: BS1007 OR BZ1007 OR BZ1006 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004 OR ZL1001
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ5705 ZL3203 ZL5203 BZ3705 BZ2705 BZ5925

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coordinator: Dr Conrad Hoskin
Lecturers: Dr Conrad Hoskin, Professor Susan Laurance.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours practicals - Field work afternoons, follow up in class next morning
  • 14 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • 24 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Conrad Hoskin.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours practicals
  • 14 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • 24 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.