Australia is famous the world over for its unique and biodiverse vertebrate animals. You can only see a wild weedy sea dragon, turtle frog, sand goanna, emu or platypus in Australia. 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 interactive lectures, lab practicals and workshops. Groups covered will include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Lab practicals will focus on biodiversity through hands-on learning about key features of structure and function. Workshops will focus on topical research questions on the ecology, evolution and conservation of vertebrate animals. The course is designed to complement the other whole-organism third year courses in evolution and ecology.
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:
- Critically examine the origin and diversification history of vertebrate animals, with a particular focus on Australian vertebrates, through lectures and practicals;
- Critically examine and describe the major patterns of biodiversity of vertebrate animals, with a particular focus on Australian vertebrates, through lectures and practicals;
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding and appreciation of how detailed natural history knowledge facilitates research through lectures and apply and demonstrate this knowledge in workshops;
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the diversity of ANU's research on Australian vertebrate animals through lectures and workshops and apply this knowledge through a group presentation.
Indicative AssessmentExam 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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Workload2 Lectures and up to three hours of practical or workshop each week.
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