BIOS 3017 Invertebrate Biology
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 300918
Coordinator Uffe Nielsen Opens in new window
Description Invertebrates are the most diverse and abundant organisms in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Due to their key role in many ecosystems, biologist E. O. Wilson coined the phrase of invertebrates as the 'little things that run the world'. Besides their ecological importance, many invertebrates are useful to humans, whereas others are harmful to agriculture, human and veterinary health. This unit highlights invertebrate diversity and life histories as well as their key ecological and economic importance. It also includes hands-on laboratory and field studies. This unit is designed for students with career pathways in science (e.g. animal, environmental, forensic and medical sciences) as well as agriculture, environmental management and education.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects BIOS 3018 - Invertebrate Biology NATS 3026 - Forensic Biology
Restrictions Students must have completed 120 credit points, with at least 40 credit points at level 2.
A basic understanding of core concepts of biology and/or zoology is desirable.
- Describe invertebrate biodiversity
- Compare and contrast invertebrate morphology, anatomy, physiology, development, reproduction and behaviour
- Apply acquired knowledge to identify and classify invertebrates
- Apply concepts of diversity and abundance through sampling and surveying invertebrate biodiversity in the field
- Create an invertebrate collection through catching, identifying, classifying, preserving and presenting specimens
- Design and conduct experiments to study the biology of insects and and write these up as a formal report
- Identify and evaluate the roles and interactions of invertebrates in the environment
- Evaluate morphological, ecological and evolutionary relationships of invertebrates
2. Reproduction and Lifecycles of Invertebrates
3. Diversity, Classification, Morphology and Anatomy of: Insects, Crustaceans, Molluscs, Annelids
4. Collection and Identification of terrestrial and aquatic Invertebrates
5. Insect Behaviour
6. Insect-plant Interactions and climate change
7. Applied entomology
8. Insects and parasitoids
9. Bees and other pollinators
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Intra-session exam||1 hour||20||N||Individual|
|Professional Task||50 specimens||20||N||Individual|
|Final exam||2 hours||40||N||Individual|
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