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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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Unit description

Examines the evolution and diversity of life on earth and introduces the principles of species classification and naming. Consideration is given to the individual, population, community and ecosystem levels of organisation. Aspects of human ecology and human impact on the environment are introduced. Field trips  will introduce students to qualitative observation of ecosystems and quantitative analysis of organisms in their environment.

Unit content

1 Overview of the diversity of life, taxonomy, classification and naming species

2 Evolution, structure and function of animals

3 Evolution, structure and function of plants and fungi

4 Organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems

5 Biomes, biogeography and patterns of biodiversity

6 Applying ecological principles for healthy natural and managed systems

 

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:
1describe the different scales of life within the environment and the evolution and diversity of organisms
2understand the principles of naming and classifying species and apply taxonomic keys for species identification
3undertake field sampling to describe and assess the characteristics of species, populations, and communities
4 effectively illustrate and present biological concepts at the organism to ecosystem scales.

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

  1. describe the different scales of life within the environment and the evolution and diversity of organisms
  2. understand the principles of naming and classifying species and apply taxonomic keys for species identification
  3. undertake field sampling to describe and assess the characteristics of species, populations, and communities
  4. effectively illustrate and present biological concepts at the organism to ecosystem scales.

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Practical session 3 hrs (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hrs (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: open book30%
Practical skills40%
Field Note Book15%
Presentation15%

Teaching method
Practical session 3 hrs (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hrs (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: open book30%
Practical skills40%
Field Note Book15%
Presentation15%

Teaching method
Residential session 8 hrs (2 days)
Structured online learning 2 hrs (6 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hrs (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: open book30%
Practical skills40%
Field Note Book15%
Presentation15%
Notice

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

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Fee information

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