School Of Science

Vertebrate ZoologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301257.1

Discipline: ZOOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Incompatible Units
300861 Vertebrate Biodiversity

300802 Biodiversity

About this Unit
This unit examines the functional ecology and diversity of vertebrate animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals). It combines 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 further develop their knowledge of the scientific method to conduct their own project to investigate how environmental factors influence vertebrate animal abundance and diversity. Students may be required to travel to another campus to undertake this unit.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

Students who opt to enrol in this unit are strongly recommended to obtain a Tetanus vaccination/booster. Students who cannot evidence vaccination may be precluded from activities on the Farm, and/or internships with third parties.

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.

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