Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Reina


We examine how the form and function of animals enables them to meet their need to survive and reproduce. To do this, animals acquire, process and use energy to cope with challenges in the internal and external environments through a wide variety of physiological, morphological, reproductive and behavioural adaptations. In order to understand unifying principles, we examine the amazing variety of different solutions to common problems that animals encounter. Concepts and theories in lectures are expanded and developed in interactive practical classes where animal, digital sensor and model examples are used.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. be able to describe the relationships between functional anatomy, physiology and behaviour of animals that allow them to survive and reproduce;
  2. have mastered basic laboratory techniques in order to be able to identify morphological features in a range of living and preserved animals and be able to relate these features to their function;
  3. have developed skills in library and field research, data and information gathering, collation and organisation suitable for the preparation of a scientific report;
  4. have developed problem-solving skills in both individual and team settings.


Final theory exam (2 hours): 35%
Final practical exam (2 hours): 25%
Research project: 13%
Miniquizzes and reports: 27%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Reina

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical (or equivalent


BIO2231 or permission