ENV BIOL 2503 - Zoology II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The course begins with the relationship between structure and function. Concepts of phylogeny will be introduced and the enormous diversity of animals will be examined in a phylogenetic framework.The major event in animal evolution as demonstrated by adaptations to parasitism, the marine environment and life on land will be provided. The section on invertebrate diversity will be concluded with a state-of-the-art lecture on the extraordinary discoveries that are currently being made of new species and even new groups and how scientists determine where they fit in the tree of life. The biology of the vertebrates will follow groups from fishes to terrestrial vertebrates, including the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will flavour these with interesting lectures on animal adaptations and some of the major evolutionary hurdles in vertebrate evolution. Topics in animal physiology relevant to both vertebrates and invertebrates will include the flow of energy through organisms, the process of respiration and the function of the nervous and sensory systems as well as muscle function.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENV BIOL 2503
    Course Zoology II
    Coordinating Unit School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202
    Course Description The course begins with the relationship between structure and function. Concepts of phylogeny will be introduced and the enormous diversity of animals will be examined in a phylogenetic framework.The major event in animal evolution as demonstrated by adaptations to parasitism, the marine environment and life on land will be provided. The section on invertebrate diversity will be concluded with a state-of-the-art lecture on the extraordinary discoveries that are currently being made of new species and even new groups and how scientists determine where they fit in the tree of life. The biology of the vertebrates will follow groups from fishes to terrestrial vertebrates, including the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will flavour these with interesting lectures on animal adaptations and some of the major evolutionary hurdles in vertebrate evolution. Topics in animal physiology relevant to both vertebrates and invertebrates will include the flow of energy through organisms, the process of respiration and the function of the nervous and sensory systems as well as muscle function.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Jennings

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand the diversity and evolutionary relationships of animals
    2 Explain the basic structure and function of different groups of invertebrates and vertebrates
    3 Identify common organisms to broad groups (e.g. Phyla)
    4 Explain the mechanical function of the skeleton
    5 Describe principles of gas exchange and energetics of animals
    6 Synthesise and evaluate information from readings to write an essay
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,3,4,5,6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,4,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,3,5,6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Text book: Hickman CP, LS Roberts, SL Keen, A Larson, DJ Eisenhour. 2012. Animal Diversity. 6th ed. McGraw-Hill. (Editions 4 and 5 may be available second hand)

    Recommended Resources
    Laboratory coats are compulsory in practical sessions.
    Online Learning
    Additional resources (e.g. further reading material) will be provided in lectures and on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of:
    • 3 X 1-hour lectures per week
    • 1 X 3-hour practicals for 8 weeks
    One of the lectures is a tutorial covering essay writing and the two self-directed learning exercises. The two self-directed learning exercises relate to rocky reef marine invertebrates and the other a backyard arthropod exercise, which form part of the course and should be undertaken in students own time. In addition, there are eight weeks of laboratory practical classes. The essay, self-directed learning exercises and practicals build on material covered in lectures.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required for the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week Lecture Lab Class
    Week 1 1-3. Diversity, life histories and the ecology and evolution of animals Introduction to Microscopy & Scientific Illustration
    Week 2 Public Holiday 4 & 5: Colony forming organisms No practical
    Week 3 6. Parasitism, Parasites & Parasitology 7.Platyhelminthes 8. Nematodes
    Week 4 9. Essay topic and essay writing 10. Crustaceans 11. Chelicerates Parasitology: Platyhelminthes & Nematoda
    Week 5 12. Myriapoda 13 & 14 Insects Adaptive Radiation & Diversity in the Insecta
    Week 6 15. Polychaetes and echinoderms 16. Alternative reproductive strategies. No Lecture Friday Molluscs: squid dissection
    Week 7 17,18,19. Biogeography of fishes and other animals No practical
    Week 8 20. Tetrapod origins, amphibians 21. Reptile origins, turtles 22. Lizards and snakes No practial
    Week 9 23. The origin of birds & mammals 24. Living birds 25. Living mammals Vertebrate Evolution
    Week 10 26. Energy flow through organisms 27. Ectotherms and endotherms 28. Patterns of behaviour and metabolic basis Functional Morphology of Vertebrates
    Week 11 29. Locomotion 30. Ecological energetics I 31. Ecological energetics II Functional Morphology of Vertebrates
    Week 12 No lecture Monday 32. Essay feedback & exam information No lecture Friday Functional Morphology of Vertebrates
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment taskType of assessmentPercentage of total assessment for grading purposesHurdle (Yes/No)Outcome assessed/achieved
    Practical reports and self-directed field exercises Formative/Summative 40% Yes (40%) 1-5
    Essay Formative 20% Yes (40%) 1-6
    Theory Exam Formative 40% No 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students will be required to submit their work for the practicals which are formally assessed at the completion of the practical, e.g. Mollusca and Functional Morphology, or show their work to either the academic in charge of the practical or the demonstrator and have them sign off that it has been satisfactorily completed (e.g. Microscopy, Parasitology, Insects, Vertebrate evolution).

    To pass this course students must attain at least 40% for the practical reports and self-directed field exercises. Students who do not attain the minimum in each case, will not be offered an additional assessment.
    Assessment Detail

    Practical reports (total of 20% of course grades)

    Two practical reports are to be handed up for assessment: the mollusc practical at the end of each practical; and the functional morphology prac which covers the last three weeks of the semester.

    Self-directed field exercises (total of 20% of course grades)

    There are two self-directed field exercises each worth 10% that students should complete in their own time. One is related to rocky reef invertebrates and the other to backyard arthropods. Both will expose students to a diversity of organisms, allow them to use a variety of methods for observing/collecting organisms and help them to collate observations and information related to different organisms.

    Essay (total of 20% of course grades)

    A 1500-2000 word essay forms part of the assessment. Further details on the essay topic and guidelines for writing essays including information on the format and style will be provided in the tutorial.
    Requirements for practical reports and the essay should be guided by Cargill, M & Bellotti, M. (2004) Written communication in the agricultural and natural resource sciences, 39 p. [electronic resource]

    Exam (total of 40% of course grades)

    The final assessment component involves a two-hour exam (40% weight) drawing on lectures, the textbook and practical work. Further details on the format of the exam and types of questions will be provided in the final lecture.

    Submission

    Practical reports: Practical reports must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet available from the course website or Jordan Building laboratories and submitted by the due date (see above). The two practical reports (Parasitology: Platyhelminthes & Nematoda prac, and Mollusca: squid dissection prac) which are due at the end of the laboratory session can be handed into the box in the laboratory in the Jordan Building.

    The arthropod self-directed field exercise (collection and report) must be handed in at the laboratory in the Jordan Building. The marine invertebrate self-directed field exercise and functional morphology practical report are to be placed in the course box in the Mawson Building.

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks: Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/
    Late submission of assessments

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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