Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rohan Clarke


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 be able to:

  1. Describe the relationships between functional anatomy, physiology and behaviour of animals that allow them to survive and reproduce;

  1. Explain the function of major biological systems in animals and their adaptations to different environments;

  1. Contrast the varying life history strategies of animals;

  1. Identify morphological features of animals and relate these features to their function;

  1. Demonstrate skills in research, data and information gathering, collation and organisation suitable for the preparation of a scientific report.


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

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BIO2231 or permission