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MB2080 - Invertebrate Biology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2010
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

This subject provides an overview 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; patterns of evolution within the major phyla; reasons for the success of the major phyla.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 scheme;
  • 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.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of Level 1 biology, particularly zoology (eg BZ1001, ZL1001 or BZ1004). A basic understanding of chemistry is highly recommended (eg. CH1001 or BM1000).
Prerequisites: ZL1001 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004
MB5380 ZL2005 ZL5005


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2010
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor David Blair, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (25%); essays (15%).

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