Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

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

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL241
Subject Name Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL103 and BIOL104 and BIOL105
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Sampling Animals (Seminar & Summary) 10% Herbarium Collection 25% Plant Quiz 5% Final Practical Exam 25% Final Theory Exam 35%
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.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs Lectures, 1 hr Tutorials, 3 hrs Practicals
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Bethany Hoye
James Wallman
Kristine French
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
The subject will cover the phylogeny, classification, morphology, and physiology of terrestrial organisms. It will investigate how the structure and function of organisms is influenced by, and interacts with, the terrestrial environment. Students will learn the principles of identification of both plants and animals and will develop and curate a collection of plants. A field trip will skill students in surveying for a range of taxa.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe phylogeny and the origins of terrestrial biodiversity,
2. Create and apply keys to identify organisms,
3. Categorise major groups of organisms,
4. Demonstrate ability to understand variation in the morphology and function of animals and plants in relation to their environment,
5. Create and curate a collection of plant, and
6. Apply standard techniques to survey organisms in the field.

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
Pellow, B., Henwood, M., Carolin, R. (2009). ‘Flora of the Sydney Region’(Sydney University Press, Sydney)
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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