Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL240
Subject Name Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL103 & BIOL104 & BIOL105
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Freshwater Biodiversity Assignment 10%; Mid-session quiz 10%; Rocky shore biodiversity Assignment 10%; Group Presentation 10%; Final Practical Exam 20%; Final Theory Exam 40%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS. Tutorial sessions occur in some weeks - see Subject handout for details.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 3hrs Lectures and/or Tutorials, 3hrs Practicals
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Marian Wong
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
Introduction to biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems; including algae, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. Quantification and importance of biological diversity. Human impacts on natural systems and the loss of biodiversity. Making and curating a collection of selected groups of organisms. Please note that this subject may involve animal dissections. While direct participation is not mandatory, all students will be examined on the material.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. skills in identifying aquatic plants and animals, evaluating their phylogenetic relationships,
2. skills in quantifying morphological characteristics and evolutionary processes, and
3. an ability to communicate through written and oral reports.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

Textbook Information
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