ZOOL12009 - Invertebrate Zoology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The invertebrates are the largest and most diverse group of animals on Earth, being found in all environments and habitats. This unit provides an overview of the biology, ecology, and taxonomy of the various invertebrate phyla, linking adaptation and evolutionary history to understand the origins and proliferation of this great diversity of life.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite

BIOL11099 Living Systems or BIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 87.50% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.36% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
It was noted that the assessment items helped with learning for the unit and that the research project assignment also prepared the students for similar future work.
Recommendation
This feedback is pleasing to receive, and it is recommended that the assessment structure remain the same for the next unit offering in 2022.
Action Taken
The assessment structure remained unchanged for 2022.
Source: Online, verbal feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the opportunity to engage with the teaching staff outside of timetabled lecture periods, through the use of live zoom meetings throughout term. It was noted by one student that these meetings could be more frequent closer to assessment deadlines.
Recommendation
Maintain the provision of additional online zoom meetings for future offerings, and try to increase their frequency before assessment deadlines if possible to fit within the student's timetable and staff workload.
Action Taken
Additional online live Zoom sessions were run throughout term in 2022, which were particularly attended during weeks containing assessment deadlines.
Source: SUTE feedback
Feedback
Students noted that examples used in lecture helped to make the theory much easier to understand and follow.
Recommendation
Maintain applied examples within lectures, and develop additional examples where relevant.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE feedback
Feedback
It was noted that the companion study guide was useful, with the additional weekly module questions helpful for extra learning.
Recommendation
Maintain the provision of the companion study guide, and update content where relevant.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Email correspondence
Feedback
It was suggested that additional help with the practical assessment expectations and purpose would be worthwhile.
Recommendation
While a tutorial for the practical assessment is already prepared and updated each year, additional content can be created focusing on specific issues raised by students as requested.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Define terminology associated with the study of invertebrate zoology
  2. Describe the structural and functional organisation of animals from the various invertebrate phyla
  3. Explain the evolutionary history of the invertebrates, including their adaptations to particular environments and their ecology
  4. Identify the major invertebrate taxa and explain the evolutionary and physiological basis for the taxonomic classification of these animals
  5. Acquire practical skills in the study of invertebrates by conducting basic scientific research on invertebrate abundance, distribution, behaviour, and ecology in both field and laboratory settings.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)