Unit

School Of Science

Vertebrate BiodiversityWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300861.2

Discipline: ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Christopher Turbill


Equivalent Units
300217 - Animal Form & Function; 300470 - Vertebrate Biodiversity

Prerequisite
300802 Biodiversity

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2020 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Christopher Turbill  Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*
2021 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Christopher Turbill  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit examines the functional ecology and diversity of vertebrate animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals). It takes an integrative approach, combining anatomy, physiology, ecology and behaviour, to explain how vertebrates survive and reproduce in relation to their environment. We will uncover the evolutionary relationships among vertebrate groups, and examine their adaptations to different environmental challenges. The unit also explores patterns in vertebrate diversity, with a focus on Australian ecosystems. Students will apply their knowledge of the scientific method to design and conduct their own research project to investigate how environmental factors influence vertebrate animal abundance and diversity.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
A laboratory coat, glasses and fully enclosed shoes are required for practical sessions in the laboratory. Field-based practical work requires appropriate clothing and enclosed shoes. Students require use of a computer with access to the Internet and software allowing word processing, data processing and statistical analysis and graphical representation.


Courses
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2743.8Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of LawsCONTINUING
2743.9Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of LawsCONTINUING
3562.9Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science)CONTINUING
3658.6Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of ArtsCONTINUING
3660.6Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International StudiesCONTINUING
3670.1Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)CONTINUING
3671.1Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)CONTINUING
3671.2Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)CONTINUING
3675.4Bachelor of ScienceCONTINUING
3676.4Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)CONTINUING
3677.2Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)CONTINUING
3678.1Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science)CONTINUING
3678.2Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science)CONTINUING
3680.3Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)CONTINUING
3681.2Bachelor of Science (Zoology)CONTINUING
3732.1Bachelor of Science (Zoology)/Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)CURRENT
4748.2Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of BusinessCONTINUING
6003.1Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Natural ScienceCONTINUING
6004.1Diploma in Science/Bachelor of ScienceCONTINUING


Specialisations

KP3027.1General ProgramCONTINUING
KT3097.1Animal ScienceCONTINUING
KT3128.1Biological ScienceCONTINUING
KT3134.1ZoologyCONTINUING
KT3148.1Environmental ScienceCONTINUING
M3049.1Conservation BiologyCONTINUING
M3052.1General BiologyCONTINUING
M3056.1ZoologyCONTINUING
M3079.1Conservation BiologyCONTINUING
M3080.1General BiologyCONTINUING
M3081.1Marine BiologyCONTINUING
M3082.1ZoologyCONTINUING
M3084.1Environmental ConsultingCONTINUING
M4011.1Environmental ConsultingCONTINUING
SM3045.1ZoologyCONTINUING
SM3063.1ZoologyCONTINUING




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