School Of Science

Vertebrate BiodiversityWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300861.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
300217 - Animal Form & Function; 300470 - 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 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.

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