ENV BIOL 2530 - Zoology II (Marine Biology)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
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 This course will introduce you to the diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate animals that inhabit marine, freshwater terrestrial environments. Concepts of phylogeny will be introduced and the enormous diversity of animals will be examined in a phylogenetic framework. Major events in animal evolution will be provided with a strong focus on how animal form matches function at all levels. We will discuss the features of the major groups of invertebrates and focus on their origins and diversification. 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 functional morphology.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Jeremy Austin
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis 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.
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;
Practical 1. Introduction to Microscopy & Scientific
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
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
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
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
Specific Course RequirementsNone
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment Practical reports and self-directed field
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 RequirementsStudents 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 DetailPractical 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.
SubmissionIf 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.
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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
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