JCU Australia logo

Subject Search

MB2080 - Invertebrate Biology

Credit points: 03
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

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.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of Level 1 organismal biology and should have completed BZ1007(TSV) or BZ1006(CNS) or equivalent.
Prerequisites: BZ1004 OR AG1004 OR BZ1006 OR BZ1007
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MB5380 ZL2005 ZL5005

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coord/Lect: Dr Janine Sheaves, Dr Lindsay Harrington.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on course assessment (50%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
    Census Date 27-Aug-2015
    Coordinator: Dr Lindsay Harrington, Dr Tobin Northfield
    Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jamie Seymour, Dr Lori Lach, Dr Tobin Northfield.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 24 hours practicals
      Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on course assessment (50%).

      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.