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.

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.