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Diversity of Life
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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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.
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 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%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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