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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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Unit description

Introduces the diversity of invertebrate taxa, diagnostic features, biological attributes and roles in the environment.  Practicals skills will include sampling, sorting and identification of species for rapid biodiversity assessment and students will prepare and display a properly annotated photographic or specimen reference collection.  

Unit content

1. Invertebrate evolution, taxonomy and diversity

2. Multicellularity, symmetry and development of tissue layers: sponges and coelenterates

3. Soft-bodied invertebrates: "worms" and molluscs

4. Invertebrates with exoskeletons: arthropods

5. The deuterostomes: echinoderms and early chordates 

6. Ecosystem services and invertebrate bioindicators

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify and classify invertebrate taxa based on diagnostic characteristics
2assess the importance of invertebrates as indicators of ecosystem health and the ecosystem services they provide
3apply field methods for sampling invertebrates and methods for assessing diversity
4demonstrate presentation skills and knowledge of the requirements for preparing a properly annotated invertebrate reference collection.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and classify invertebrate taxa based on diagnostic characteristics
  2. assess the importance of invertebrates as indicators of ecosystem health and the ecosystem services they provide
  3. apply field methods for sampling invertebrates and methods for assessing diversity
  4. demonstrate presentation skills and knowledge of the requirements for preparing a properly annotated invertebrate reference collection.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Self-directed project 3 (6)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Species report card30%
annotated invertebrate reference collection and presentation50%

Teaching method
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Self-directed project 3 (6)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Species report card30%
annotated invertebrate reference collection and presentation50%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Self-directed project 3 (6)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Species report card30%
annotated invertebrate reference collection and presentation50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

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