Undergraduate | MAQ-BIOX2310 | 2024
Diversity of Life
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- Study method
- Online & on-campus
- Subject may require attendance
- Start dates
- 22 July 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- Part of a degree
- 18 weeks
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Diversity of Life
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to
- Interpret phylogenetic trees and describe evolutionary relationships amongst groups of organisms
- Give examples of individual organisms that belong to the major animal and plant groups
- Identify the key anatomical traits used to define major groups
- Explain how key anatomical traits are linked to the success of different organisms in solving problems posed by diverse environments
- Critically evaluate the primary scientific literature
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This subject explores the biological diversity of plants and animals. Relationships between structure and function are emphasised. The unit also discusses how organisms have adapted to specific environments. There is a strong emphasis on evolutionary processes and how these have generated biological diversity. A comparative approach is taken, with adaptation discussed in the context of evolutionary trees and the fossil record. The unit is suitable for students interested in organismal biology, science education, and research.
- Final examination (30%)
- Weekly assessment (25%)
- Literature review (20%)
- Lab report (20%)
- Media Presnetation (5%)
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- MAQ-BSC-DEG-2024 - Bachelor of Science
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
50cp at 1000 level or above including (BIOX1310 )
NCCW (pre-2020) BIOL228, BIOL208, BIOL210, BIOL605
from 2020 NCCW BIOL1310
- Attendance requirements - Nine three hour practicals
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses