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BZ1006 - Diversity of Life

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

This subject introduces students to the amazing biodiversity on planet Earth. It provides an introduction to the genesis and evolution of various life forms across earth's history, with an emphasis on the major groups of plants and animals. Primarily, we focus on aspects of their classification, morphology, physiology, behaviour, ecology and evolution. We also investigate the chemical and cellular basis of life that influences the form, function and behaviour of these different life forms.

Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate a variety of fundamental practical techniques for studying plants and animals;
  • To develop and use professional research and presentation skills;
  • To identify and describe animal and plant cellular structure and function;
  • To identify and discuss the environmental stressors specific to a variety of ecosystems (e.g. deserts, tropical rainforests, tundra);
  • To explain common adaptations of plants and animals to a range of environmental stressors in different environments;
  • To critically apply morphological, physiological and behavioural knowledge to whole plant and animal biology across different ecosystems.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of Chemistry, Mathematics and English to Grade 12 (Queensland) or equivalent.
BZ1004 BZ1003 BZ1007


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coordinator: Dr Tasmin Rymer
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Mason Campbell, Dr Samantha Tol, Dr Tasmin Rymer.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: assignments (60%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

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