• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof David Rowell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Of the 20 major animal phyla, 19 deal with invertebrates. This course examines the systematics, evolution and diversity of “the small things that matter” – and the large ones. It looks at the origin of life in the sea and the evolutionary patterns suggested by marine and terrestrial fossil material. The focus is on the diversity of invertebrates in a range of environments and the adaptations they have to vastly different conditions. Fieldwork will give students a solid grounding in the marine and terrestrial invertebrate fauna of south-eastern Australia.


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 variety of invertebrate organisms and explain their evolutionary origin and diversification.
  2. Investigate invertebrates in laboratory and field conditions, and identify major taxonomic groups.
  3. Understand the requirements for collection and short-term maintenance of invertebrate species for photographic and scientific observation.
  4. Understand and communicate the major evolutionary innovations in invertebrate groups, and describe the functional significance of associated morphologies and behaviours.

Other Information

Field Trip: As an indication, the cost to students for the 3 days field trip will be about $170.



Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

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

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60 contact hours,  50 non-contact hours and a weekend field trip to Kioloa during 8-10 March.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must have successfully completed BIOL 1009 or have permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL6113.

Prescribed Texts

None. However the first year text, Campbell, Reece and Meyers: Biology 8th Edition Australian Version will be a valuable reference.

Assumed Knowledge

An understanding of the differences between plant and animal forms and cell structure.




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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3428 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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