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.


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


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 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

Attendance Requirements

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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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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: Email
Students appreciated the efficiency with which alternate unit content delivery and assessments were developed, implemented, and explained after suspending face-to-face teaching in week 2 of term.
While the teaching format will hopefully return to normal in 2021, it is worth keeping a clear record of the changes that were made in 2020 (including when and how) to facilitate efficient similar changes if required in the future.
Action Taken
The deliver of this unit returned to the usual face-to-face format in 2021, but concomitant live Zoom links were established to offer wider accessibility, based on the experience of 2020.
Source: Moodle feedback
A student considered that the presentation of the lecture slides could be improved from a visual arts perspective.
While the focus of the unit is on delivering high-level and accurate content, there are certainly slides that can be visually improved. In 2020, the unit content was revised and updated in accordance with current scientific understanding. In 2021, the focus will be on updating the visual presentation of the content.
Action Taken
The visual presentation and style of the lectures was updated as opportunities arose throughout term. This will be an ongoing task during future offerings.
Source: Moodle 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.
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
Source: Online, verbal 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.
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
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)