Subject details

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)
    • Molluscs
    • Arthropods - Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, etc.
    • Echinoderms and Chordates, Echinoderms and Invertebrate Chordates
    • Fishes
    • Amphibians and Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Mammals
    • Lesser phyla
    • Animal Evolution
  • Study resources

    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

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

      • Practicum


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.

Special requirements

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    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.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this subject to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's City Campus in central Melbourne:

2019, Study Period 4:

  • Feb 3 - 7, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm*

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

  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Practicum Reports (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

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