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SLE204 - Animal Diversity

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Anneke Veenstra


SLE111 or SLE132



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 6 x 3 hour practical classes per trimester


This course of animal evolution is illustrated by examining aspects of the biology of a range of animal phyla. Major themes are: the development of multicellularity; important aspects of body plan including body layers, body cavities and metameric segmentation; and adaptation to particular environments and lifestyles. The evolutionary succession of major invertebrate and vertebrate animal groups is discussed.  During laboratory practical classes students will examine and dissect specimens from the following animal groups: cnidarians, flatworms, annelids, arthropods, molluscs, echinoderms and chordates.


Practical test 40%, pre-lab quizzes 10%, mid-trimester test 25%, final test 25%

Prescribed texts

Hickman et al, 2013, Integrated Principles Of Zoology, 16th Ed, McGraw Hill, USA

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