ZOOL19002 - Australian Vertebrate Fauna

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Australia is renowned for its unique and diverse vertebrate animals. This unit will provide you with an introduction to Australian vertebrate diversity and to the necessary tools to understand the evolutionary, morphological, behavioural and ecological diversity of Australian vertebrate fauna against the backdrop of global vertebrate diversity and evolution. You will learn to use a wide variety of ‘tools’ (taxonomy, phylogeny, fossils, ecophysiology, comparative anatomy, behavioural ecology) as methods for understanding the past, current, and future vertebrate fauna of Australia. You will also learn and practice the applied skill-sets and techniques required for fauna survey and wildlife research in Australia, proficiency in identification of Australian vertebrates and technical report writing for wildlife monitoring and surveying.


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

Prerequisites: (BIOL11099 Living Systems OR BIOL11102 Life Sciences 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 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 62.50% 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: Have Your Say
The residential school was excellent and improved student engagement and learning.
The residential school in this year's offering was updated from 3 days of animal dissections in the lab to an immersive, 3-day field campaign studying Australian vertebrates and vertebrate evolution at the Capricorn Caves with experts from CQUni, the Queensland Museum and the Caves. The recommendation is to keep the residential school as the 3-day field campaign at Capricorn Caves.
Action Taken
The residential school has increased to 4-days at Capricorn Caves/Mt Edna area, the focus is on creating an immersive experience that fosters student engagement and applied learning.
Source: Have Your Say
Better response time to email communications
Students will be instructed to include "ZOOL19002" in the subject line of any email so that it can be easily found/filtered and responded to more promptly.
Action Taken
Incoming unit emails are now filtered according to subject line, with students receiving a response within 24hrs.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
The residential school was extremely interesting and was very helpful for my learning, I don't think I could have passed the unit without the residential school.
The residential school is designed to be an immersive practical learning opportunity that links classroom theory with real world application.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Keep the res school.
The residential school will continue to be a key focus of the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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