• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof David Rowell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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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

Upon successful completion, 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

Field Trip: The cost of the fieldtrip in Kioloa will be around $200

Indicative Assessment

  1. Prac component (55%) (LO 1, 2, 3) (55) [LO null]
  2. Final exam (45%) (LO 1, 4, 5) (45) [LO null]

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Workload

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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

Specialisations

Fees

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

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Student Contribution 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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3862 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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