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MB2080 - Invertebrate Biology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
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.

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 find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
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


Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Janine Sheaves.
Workload expectations:
  • 38 hours lectures
  • 27 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on course assessment (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Janine Sheaves
Lecturers: Professor Michael Kingsford, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Dr Kate Hutson, Dr Janine Sheaves.
Workload expectations:
  • 38 hours lectures
  • 27 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on course assessment (50%).

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