School Of Science And Health

Invertebrate BiologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300918.3


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
A basic understanding of core concepts of biology and/or zoology is desirable.

Equivalent Units
300334 - Invertebrate Biology, 401170 - Forensic Biology

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must have completed 120 credit points, with at least 40 credit points at level 2.

About this Unit
Invertebrates are the most diverse and abundant organisms in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Due to their key role in many ecosystems, biologist E. O. Wilson coined the phrase of invertebrates as the ‘little things that run the world’. Besides their ecological importance, many invertebrates are useful to humans, whereas others are harmful to agriculture, human and veterinary health. This unit highlights invertebrate diversity and life histories as well as their key ecological and economic importance. It also includes hands-on laboratory and field studies. This unit is designed for students with career pathways in science (e.g. animal, environmental, forensic and medical sciences) as well as agriculture, environmental management and education.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students must have covered footwear for practical classes and field excursions; laboratory coat and safety glasses.

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