• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Zoology, Marine Biology, Biology, Environmental Science , Biodiversity Conservation

This course is not available in 2017. Please refer to the "Other Information" section at the bottom of the page.

Of the 20 major animal phyla, 19 consist of invertebrates, including many familiar animals such as insects and snails, and more unusual ones including vampire squids and sea cucumbers. This course examines the “the small things that matter” in the context of their evolution and systematics. It looks at the origin of life in the sea and the enormous diversification following terrestrialisation. The focus is on major radiations and key evolutionary innovations including the transition from radial to bilateral symmetry and the development of a mesoderm and complex organs, that have occurred in the transition from simple to complex organisms. A 3 day field trip will give students a solid grounding in the marine and terrestrial invertebrate fauna of south-eastern Australia and the microhabitats they occupy. The practical component of the course will teach students techniques of specimen preservation and the use of biological keys in species identification.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course,  students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand and communicate the major evolutionary innovations in invertebrate groups, and describe the functional significance of associated morphologies and behaviours.
  2. Analyse invertebrates in laboratory and field conditions, and use taxonomic keys for identification.
  3. Understand the requirements for collection and short-term maintenance of invertebrate species for photographic and scientific observation.
  4. Interpret formal taxonomic descriptions and understand principles of taxonomic precedence, synonymy, revision, and type specimen designation.
  5. Construct phylogenies by hand from suites of taxonomic characters, and critically evaluate groupings on the basis of monophyly and the principles of phylogenetic systematics.

Other Information

As this course is incompatible with BIOL2113 Invertebrate Zoology, it will not be offered in 2017. Replacement courses in relevant majors/minors/specialisations have been identified and students should contact the Research School of Biology in Building 116 if they have any difficulties with course choices.

Indicative Assessment

  • Prac component (55%) (LO 1, 2, 3)
  • Final exam  (45%) (LO 1, 4, 5)

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Workload

60 contact hours,  50 non-contact hours. Plus a weekend field trip to Kioloa during March.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must have successfully completed BIOL1009 Diversity of Life and BIOL2114 Evolution, or have permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL2113 or BIOL6113

Assumed Knowledge

An understanding of the principles of taxonomic classification and phylogenetic reconstruction

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4462 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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