SLE291 - Marine Vertebrates

Year:

2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:

SQB261

EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite:

One of SLE111, SLE132, SLE103 or SLE144

Corequisite:

SLE010

Incompatible with:

Nil

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, 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Content

SLE261 introduces students to the diversity of fishes by focusing on body form and function, ecology, evolution, phylogeny and taxonomy and the biology of sharks (elasmobranchs) and fishes (teleosts). Taxa present in both marine and freshwater systems will be covered and various adaptations to different ecosystems and habitats are discussed. Students experience the great diversity of fish body form via a series of practicals that include the handling and dissection of fresh specimens.  Learning about fish body form is important for understanding fish movement, swimming and feeding. Aspects of fish body form can also provide clues about the habitat occupied by different specimens (e.g. benthic versus pelagic species).

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