• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Keogh
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Australia is famous for its unique and diverse vertebrate animals. This course will provide an introduction to Australian vertebrate diversity and highlight recent research. In addition to the overview lectures, a series of guest lecturers will speak about their areas of expertise, including their own research. Groups covered will include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Topics will include ecology, behaviour, morphology, physiology, conservation and evolutionary history. The course takes advantage of staff and guest expertise, and so specific animal groups and topics will vary from year to year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe the morphological and taxonomic diversity of Australian vertebrate animals
2. Explain the evolutionary history and origins of Australian vertebrate animals
3. Write a detailed research report on an Australian vertebrate animal system
4. Appreciate the diversity of ANU's research on Australian vertebrate animals

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Exam 1 on lecture & practical component of course (35%: LO 1-3)
  • Exam 2 on lecture & practical component of course (30%: LO 1-3)
  • Major essay (35%: LO 4)

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3 Lectures per week and approximately 15 hours of practical work

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must have completed BIOL 1009 or have permission of the convenor.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1749 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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