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Take a virtual trek into the natural world and study the structures, lifecycles and functions of different animal groups. Explore animal reproduction and body processes. Identify the characteristics in fauna as varied as amphibians, worms, mammals and birds.
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Online & on-campus
Subjects may require attendance
- 29 Nov 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Know characteristics of important groups of animals;
- Recognise unknown animals to major groups (phylum, order or family);
- Identify relevant structures for critical body processes and reproduction;
- Identify unknown animals to family, genus (or species) using keys and other aids;
- Work independently and in teams to achieve these goals.
- Animal Classification and phylogeny
- Sponges and Cnidaria
- Worms (flatworms, roundworms, segmented worms)
- Arthropods - Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, etc.
- Echinoderms and Chordates, Echinoderms and Invertebrate Chordates
- Amphibians and Reptiles
- Lesser phyla
- Animal Evolution
This is an introductory subject requiring no formal prerequisites but students will find that knowledge of biology and chemistry at VCE level will be an advantage.
- AttendanceDetails - Practical of five half days in Melbourne
Gain an understanding of animal identification for future employment in agricultural, horticultural and environmental areas. You will finish the subject 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.
- Quizzes (20%)
- Practicum Reports (40%)
- Invigilated Exam (40%)
Current study term: 28 Nov 21 to 27 Feb 22
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