BIO2231 - Animal diversity - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Carla Sgro


Professor Carla Sgro

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042; or BMS1011 and BMS1021; or permission


Examines the diversity of animals and organises them in a systematic way using their evolutionary history. We examine a range of representatives from different animal phyla, starting with the structurally simple and progressing to mammals, in the context of emerging and changing patterns in their body plans. These are related to changes in the ecology and diversification within the phyla. Concepts and theories developed during the theory part of the course are developed further in the practical classes. During these interactive sessions use of live material is made for observation and the characters used to group animals into higher taxonomic groups are demonstrated and discussed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the origin of animals and how they differ from other living organisms;
  2. Explain the relationship between animal diversity and evolutionary derived changes in animal body plans;
  3. Identify major animal phyla;
  4. Demonstrate skills in library and field research, data and information gathering, collation and organisation suitable for the preparation of a scientific report;
  5. Demonstrate basic laboratory techniques associated with examining and handling zoological specimens.


Final theory exam (2 hours): 35%

Final practical exam (2 hours): 25%

Continuous assessment (mini quizzes): 10%

Practical assignments: 20%

Research project: 10%

Workload requirements

  • Two 1-hour lectures
  • One 3-hour practical (or equivalent)

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