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Introduction to the Animal Body (ANS102)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of animal biology. It begins with a functional study of each of the major body systems, with reference to the life cycle from conception to death. Following this, the principles of evolution and biological diversity are explored, with emphasis on the gross morphology and functional biology of higher vertebrates. Practical classes complement the lectures and emphasise the importance of detailed observation and dissection in biology.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Explain the basics of cellular and tissue organization, the cell cycle, and basic mechanisms of sexual reproduction and genetic inheritance.
2. Explain the basic structure and function of the major organ systems, and basic body plan.
3. Explain how the diversity of life on earth arises from fundamental processes such as natural selection and evolution and to explain basic principles of evolutionary ecology particularly in the context of parasite-host and predator-prey relationships
4. Illustrate the principles of biological classification by explaining the use of taxonomic levels from kingdom to species
5. Describe the major evolutionary transitions that characterise the diversity of major animal groups

Development of graduate attributes including 1. Self-directed learning, 2. Effective communication, 3. Collaborative learning and team work, 4. Ethical practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; laboratories: 3 hours per fortnight (6 x 3 hour labs).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit aims to help first year students to begin to develop skills for self-directed learning. Lectures, together with online supplementary materials, are used to present new information and key concepts such that students new to biology have a clear 'road map' to guide their learning. The practical classes give the opportunity to explore the diversity of animal life through a wide range of demonstration and specimen material, and emphasise the importance of detailed observation and hands-on dissection in biology. These labs emphasise active and collaborative learning.
Other Learning Experiences Activities set as out of class learning activities in the laboratory manual.
Assessment Formative assessment tasks, during semester, aim to help students monitor their learning and allow staff to provide feedback and clarification where misunderstandings have arisen. - Completion of laboratory manual (20% unit grade), lab exercises in class and review questions checked fortnightly, graded during the last lab of the semester - Intra-semester quiz (25% unit grade) during week 6/7 to provide feedback on progress (45 minutes) - Summative assessment tasks, evaluate student learning and are aligned to stated learning objectives. - End of semester theory exam (35% unit grade) (2 hours) - End of semester practical exam (20% unit grade) (45 minutes)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who enrol in or have completed this unit may not enrol in BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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