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SLE219 - Marine Invertebrates

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Ty Matthews

Prerequisite:

One of SLE106 or SLE111, and one of SLE132 or SLE144

Corequisite:

SLE010 and must be enrolled in S399

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 3 hour practical per week (for 9 weeks) and fieldtrip.

Content

In SLE219, students will learn how to distinguish between key groups of marine invertebrates; and how to recognise and classify various biological aspects of form and function. Learning and assessment activities provide students with the opportunity to explore both living and preserved specimens from coastal environments surrounding the Great Ocean Road and Port-Phillip Bay. Students acquire the necessary discipline knowledge during a series of weekly one hr classes, nine x three-hour practical sessions and two whole-day fieldtrips. Students are required to attend and engage in classes, practicals and fieldwork exercises. This enables students to connect theory with taxonomic practice, which includes identifying and recognising key features of various marine invertebrates and to explore different biological aspects associated with form and function. The living specimens allow students to observe animals' behaviour and movement. Another important aspect of the experiential learning that is provided during this unit includes a weekly interaction between students from the Warrnambool and Geelong campus on a weekly basis.

Assessment

2 x practical tests (30% each) 60%, 1 scientific report 40% 

Prescribed texts

Pechenik J, 2014, Biology Of The Invertebrates, 7th Ed, McGraw Hill

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