Animal Diversity - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (40%) , Quizzes (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,931.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 2,181.00

Gain an understanding of animal identification for future employment in agricultural, horticultural and environmental areas. You will finish the unit being able to examine animal structure and identify animals in phylum or better level using appropriate techniques. You will study invertebrates (sponges, cnidarian, flatworms, molluscs, annelids, anthropods, nematodes, echinoderms, etc.) and the vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals). You will also learn about lifecycles, structure, function and reasons for importance of different groups of animals.

This unit requires you to attend an on-campus practical of five half-days in Melbourne.

2017, Study Period 3:

  • Nov 20 - 24, 2017 - AM*

2017, Study Period 4:

  • Feb 5 - 9, 2018 - AM*

*More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Know characteristics of important groups of animals
  2. Recognise unknown animals to major groups (phylum, order or family)
  3. Identify relevant structures for critical body processes and reproduction
  4. Identify unknown animals to family, genus (or species) using keys and other aids
  5. Work independently and in teams to achieve these goals.
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Report — Practicum Reports (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is an introductory unit requiring no formal prerequisites but students will find that knowledge of biology and chemistry at VCE level will be an advantage.

  • Some on campus attendance — Practical of five half days in Melbourne

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Animal Classification and phylogeny
2Sponges and Cnidaria
3Worms (flatworms, roundworms, segmented worms)
5Arthropods - Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, etc.
6Echinoderms and Chordates, Echinoderms and Invertebrate Chordates
8Amphibians and Reptiles
11Lesser phyla
12Animal Evolution

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Animal Diversity


    ISBN: 9780073524252


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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