SLE324 - Australian Vertebrates

Unit details


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Kaori Yokochi




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 3 x 4 hour practicals per trimester.


This unit is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of Australian vertebrate zoogeography, evolution, diversity, ecology, adaptation, and conservation.  Students will develop skills in the collection of ecological data, the field identification of different taxa, and interpretation and communication (oral and written reports) of scientific research.

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes   


Describe the zoogeography, diversity, life histories and evolution of Australian amphibians, reptiles
birds and mammals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Synthesise information from a variety of sources and verbally communicate key characteristics of a vertebrate species/genus

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Collect and interpret field data on habitat use by birds in an urban landscape, and communicate this in a written report.

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify vertebrate species by their key characteristics

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Oral presentation 10-minute oral presentation 10% To be determined in week 1
In-class test 50-minute in-class test 20% Week 5
Written report Survey and 2,000-word written report 30% Week 7 and 11
Examination 2-hour written examination 40% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SLE324 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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