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.

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.