ENV BIOL 2530 - Zoology II (Marine Biology)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

The course will progress students' understanding of the link between the structure and function of organisms using marine invertebrates. This understanding is made through the use of concepts of phylogeny across the enormous diversity of marine life and progresses to land animals. Major change to marine environments has driven evolution which is demonstrated through adaptations to parasitism, the marine environment and life on land. Using the extraordinary discoveries in the marine realm, cutting edge thinking will be used to explain the emergence of new species and concepts. The biology of the vertebrates will follow groups from fishes to terrestrial vertebrates, including the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The lectures on animal adaptations provide an account of the major evolutionary hurdles in evolution from which all life evolved from the ocean.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENV BIOL 2530
    Course Zoology II (Marine Biology)
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible ENV BIOL 2503
    Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1101 or BIOLOGY 1401 & BIOLOGY 1201 or BIOLOGY 1202 or BIOLOGY 1001
    Restrictions Available to BSc (Marine Biology) students only
    Course Description The course will progress students' understanding of the link between the structure and function of organisms using marine invertebrates. This understanding is made through the use of concepts of phylogeny across the enormous diversity of marine life and progresses to land animals. Major change to marine environments has driven evolution which is demonstrated through adaptations to parasitism, the marine environment and life on land. Using the extraordinary discoveries in the marine realm, cutting edge thinking will be used to explain the emergence of new species and concepts. The biology of the vertebrates will follow groups from fishes to terrestrial vertebrates, including the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The lectures on animal adaptations provide an account of the major evolutionary hurdles in evolution from which all life evolved from the ocean.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ivan Nagelkerken

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    1.   Understand the diversity and evolutionary relationships among animals

    2.   Explain the basic structure and function of different groups of invertebrates and vertebrates, with a focus on marine
    species

    3.   Identify common marine organisms to broad groups (e.g. Phyla)

    4.   Through laboratory work, explain the external, internal characters and reproductive biology of the squid

    5.   Synthesise field observations from the marine environment into a short video

    6.   Synthesise and evaluate information from readings to write an essay on a marine topic

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5, 6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of:

    3 X 1-hour lectures per week (31 in total)
    1 X 3-hour practicals for 5 weeks
    1 X 1-hour tutorials for 3 weeks

    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. The rocky reef marine invertebrates one may be undertaken in groups of up to 4 people. All other assessment items should be done individually. In addition, there are five weeks of laboratory practical classes. The essay, self-directed learning exercises and practicals build on material covered in lectures. For the marine students tutorials will provide additional depth to the marine content.

    The tutorials are based on marine phylogenetic morphology and diversity and their relationships to the environment in which they live.
    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; self-directed learning exercises and essay).




    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Lecture Lab Class Tutorial
    1 1-3 Animal diversity & body plans;
    Sponges,
    Cnidarians
    Practical 1. Introduction to Microscopy & Scientific
    Illustration
    Tutorial 1
    2 4-6 “Worms” & Molluscs
    Form and function in animals (3 lectures)
    Practical 2. Molluscs: squid dissection Tutorial 2
    3 7-9 No lecture Monday Public Hol
    Annelids
    Essay topic and essay writing
    No practical Tutorial 3
    4 10-11 Arthropods, Crustaceans
    Chelicerates and Myriapods
    Chelicerates and Myriapods contd
    No practical
    5 12-14 Insects
    Insects continued
    Echinoderms
    No practical
    6 15-17 No lecture Monday
    Hemichordates & vertebrate beginnings
    Diversity of fishes
    Practical 3. Insect adaptive radiation & diversity
    7 18-20 Diversity of fishes continued
    Origins of tetrapods, amphibians Amniote origins, diversity
    No practical
    8 21-23 Origins of birds & mammals
    Origin of birds & mammals cont’d
    Bird diversity
    Practical 4. Vertebrate evolution
    9 24-26 Mammal diversity 1
    Mammal diversity – 2
    Vertebrate research workshop
    No practical
    10 27-28 Locomotion in vertebrates
    Bioenergetics and homeostasis in vertebrates
    No lecture Friday
    Practical 5. Functional Morphology of Vertebrates
    11 29-30 Locomotion in vertebrates
    Bioenergetics and homeostasis in vertebrates
    No lecture Friday
    No practical
    12 31 No lecture Monday
    Essay feedback; exam information
    No lecture Friday
    No practical
    Specific Course Requirements
    None
  • 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 task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading
    purposes


    Hurdle

     

    Yes
    or No
    Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment
    Practical reports and self-directed field
    exercises
    Formative/Summative 35% No 1-5 Week 2, 6, 7, 10
    Video Summative 10% No 5 Week 5
    Essay Formative/Summative 15% No 1, 2, 6 Week 9
    Theory Exam Summative 40% No 1-3 Exam period
    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, Insects, Vertebrate evolution).

    Assessment Detail
    Practical reports (total of 15% of course grades)

    Two practical reports are to be handed up for assessment: the mollusc practical (5%) at the end of the practical; and the functional morphology prac (10%) which should also be handed up at the end of the practical.

    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. The rocky reef invertebrates one will be completed in groups of 3- 4 people - it should be submitted electronically through the My Uni groups function. The backyard arthropods one should be completed individually and handed into the UG teaching lab staff.

    Video (total of 10% of course grades)

    The diversity of marine invertebrates living in high and low rocky inter-tidal zones. Looking at comparing the diversity of morphologies in relation to high stressful inter-tidal environment to the morphology in low inter-tidal benign environment.  Each student will produce their own video which will be 5-10 minutes in length and instructions will be provided in the appropriate practicals or tutorials.


    Essay (total of 15% of course grades)

    A 1000 word essay forms part of the assessment. Further details on the essay topic, which will be marine-related, and guidelines for writing essays including information on the format and style will be provided in the lecture in week 3.  The essay should be submitted electronically through TURNITIN.
    Requirements for the essay should be guided by Margaret Cargill & Patrick O'Connor (2009) Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps. Wiley-Blackwell.

    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
    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 the assignment 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 late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.



    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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