SLE360 - Australian Invertebrates

Unit details

Year:

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 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Anneke Veenstra
Prerequisite:

SLE204

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

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:

2 x 1 hour class per week, 6 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Content

The unit examines characteristics of invertebrates, together with their evolutionary origins, taxonomy and distribution in the Australasian region; insect success (including sociality) and the importance of invertebrate communities in both undisturbed and disturbed Australian ecosystems; and reproductive and physiological adaptations of invertebrates to Australian conditions.  This unit will also address the assessment and control of invertebrate communities in Australia (especially of agricultural pests).

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Appreciate and recognize the distinctive characteristics of Australian invertebratestogether with their origins taxonomy and distribution in the region.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2

Recognize a range of reproductive and physiological adaptations of invertebrates to Australian conditions and be able to compare and contrast these adaptations.

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

ULO3

Investigate and evaluate reasons for the success of exotic invertebrate species in the Australian aquatic and terrestrial environment and recommend how these pests could be effectively controlled.

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

ULO4

Evaluate insect success and the importance of invertebrate communities in both disturbed and undisturbed Australian ecosystems.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

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

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
In-class tests  Two 50-minute in-class tests 40% (2 x 20%) Weeks 6 and 11
Team oral presentation 12-minute collaborative presentation 15% Week 10
Team project Project 45% Week 13

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

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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