School Of Science And Health

BiodiversityWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300802.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Basic knowledge of biology and chemistry

Equivalent Units
300792 - Biology A – The Diversity of Life, 300539 - Biodiversity, 300222 - Biology 2, 700095 - Biodiversity

Incompatible Units
14436 - Foundation Biology 2, BI102A - Biological Sciences 1.2, J1761 - General Biology

About this Unit
How many species walk, fly, swim or slither, crawl, hop, wriggle or just float, hitchhike or move so slowly that they appear not to move at all? No one knows and new species appear almost every day. This unit focuses on this spectacular diversity of living things and the process of evolution. Students explore and classify biodiversity and how organisms function, acquire and assimilate resources and co-ordinate growth and reproduction. Organisms interact with one another and their environment forming a complex set of interactions in ecosystems. It is these interactions that have driven evolution. Ultimately human survival depends on the sustainable use of this biodiversity and ecosystems.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
When attending practical classes, students must wear a laboratory coat, closed in shoes and use safety glasses as instructed.

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