Invertebrates are critical in providing ecosystem goods and services vital to the biosphere. This course builds on your introductory knowledge of the diversity, form and function of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. You explore the evolution, anatomy, and adaptations of all the invertebrate phyla. You are introduced to their taxonomic diversity, distribution, adaptations to the environment, population management, conservation and pest status. Through local field projects in field ecology, you learn the methods and skills needed to study invertebrates.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous Online Material||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Laboratory 1 – On Campus||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Fieldwork – Point Cartwright rocky shore half day on week 9 or 10||5hrs||Not applicable||Once Only|
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Demonstrate and apply knowledge about i) diversity & main diagnostic characters of each phylum ii) adaptations to the environment iii) links between form and function iv) the life cycles of parasites and their health and ecological impacts v) ecological roles of invertebrates.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Argue with evidence how the rich diversity of invertebrates and their adaptations seen today are the product of multiple processes in evolution.||Knowledgeable|
|3||Assemble and present a thematic classified collection of invertebrate species that illustrates the diversity of the group and their adaptations to the environment.||Creative and critical thinker|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
A formative practice practical exam will be given in week 4 during lab hours.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Practical / Laboratory Skills||Individual||20%||
|Refer to Format||In Class|
Minimum of 15 species
|Refer to Format||Online Submission|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||45%||
|Exam Period||Exam Venue|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Practical Exam|
Demonstrate your understanding of the role of evolutionary processes resulting in invertebrate diversity and adaptations to environments.
|Product:||Practical / Laboratory Skills|
Submit: A formative, practice practical exam during lab class in week 4 and a summative practical exam inweek 6. This assessment will comprise two components. The first, a short (30 minute) formative, practice practical exam in week 4, followed by a summative two (2) hour practical exam in week 6. Both are scheduled during laboratory class and consist of short-answer questions. The questions will be based mainly on the material covered in the first five weeks of laboratory classes, supplemented with material presented during the learning materials.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Invertebrate Field Guide|
Demonstrate your ability to work scientifically by applying, under guidance, field methods and theoretical knowledge to illustrate the diversity of invertebrates and their adaptations to the environment.
You are required to assemble and present a field guide of local invertebrates;A minimum of 15 species is required;The collection should be organised around a taxonomic theme (e.g. different butterflies, insects, crustaceans, etc.), a habitat theme (e.g. diversity of rocky shore invertebrates), or an evolutionary/anatomical theme (e.g. evolution of organs for movement/feeding).Each specimen must be accompanied by a detailed taxonomic classification, exact geo-location (from GPS or Google Earth), a detailed description of the microhabitat it was collected from, and a list of the adaptations that the species has for living within that microhabitat;Students are required to take their own photographs/videos of all specimens. The presentation medium can be any of the following: document or book, website (use free editing and hosting services), Facebook page, Powerpoint file, or a YouTube video. NO venomous or endangered species, NO cephalopods (i.e. squid, octopuses, cuttlefish) are to be collected under any circumstances.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Written Exam|
Demonstrate assimilation and application of knowledge gathered throughout semester in learning materials and practicals.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
A two (2) hour written exam, consisting of multiple choice and short-answer questions. The questions will be based mainly on the material covered in the theory component of the course (i.e. learning materials), supplemented with material presented during the laboratory and field activities
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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|Required||Jan Pechenik||2014||Biology of the Invertebrates||7||McGraw-Hill Education|
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