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Plants and Animals (623.6)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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This subject introduces students to the diversity of the living world, the history of life on earth, and the interactions between organisms and their environment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Apply an understanding of ecological and evolutionary principles to interpret the diversity of life;

2. Identify the structure and function of organisms based on an understanding of the major taxa;

3. Access scientific journal articles of relevance and evaluate the quality of their methods;

4. Design and conduct a scientific research project as an effective member of a small group;

5. Collect, record, analyse and interpret biological data and communicate these interpretations in writing and orally and through web-based formats; and

6. Actively engage in a web-based social network to explore biological topics related to the unit and demonstrate their capacity for self-directed learning.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial and 2 hour practical per week





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