• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Evolution and Ecology, Biology

This course will not be offered in 2017. The prerequisite courses will be available in Semester 2 2017.

Australia is famous for its unique and diverse vertebrate animals. This course will provide an introduction to global vertebrate diversity, put Australian vertebrates in an evolutionary context, and consider recent research advances in Australian vertebrate biology through lectures, lab practicals and tutorials. Groups covered will include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Lab practicals will focus on morphological and taxonomic diversity and tutorials and discussions will focus on topical research questions.  Research themes will include natural history, ecology, evolution, genetics, behaviour and conservation. The course takes advantage of staff and guest expertise so 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. Critically examine the origin and diversification history of vertebrate animals, with a particular focus on Australian vertebrates, through lectures and practicals.
  2. Critically examine and describe the taxonomic diversity and major patterns of morphological diversity of vertebrate animals, with a particular focus on Australian vertebrates, through lectures and practicals.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and appreciation of how detailed natural history knowledge facilitates research through lectures and apply and demonstrate this knowledge in tutorials.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the diversity of ANU's research on Australian vertebrate animals through lectures and tutorials and apply this knowledge through a group presentation.

Indicative Assessment

Exam 1 on lecture & practical component of course (35%: LO 1-2)
Exam 2 on lecture & discussion component of course (35%: LO 3-4)
Group presentation (30%: LO 4)

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2 Lectures and up to three hours of practical or tutorial work each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enroll in the course you must have successfully completed BIOL1009 Diversity of Life and BIOL2114 Evolution, or have permission of the convener. This course is incompatible with BIOL2111 Australian Vertebrates or BIOL6111.


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

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

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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
9503 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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