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ZOOL221 Animal Designs for Living

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

The body plans of, and the relationships among, major animal phyla are examined using local fauna. Up to three field trips generate data that is manipulated and presented in report form.

This paper is essential for students majoring in Zoology, but also of importance to Ecology majors and indeed anyone wanting to understand the diversity of animal life in New Zealand and around the world.

Paper title Animal Designs for Living
Paper code ZOOL221
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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BIOL 112 or (HUBS 191 or HUBS 192 with at least a B pass)
Schedule C
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Gerry Closs
Professor Phil Bishop
Associate Professor Caroline Beck
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sheena Townsend
Paper Structure
Instruction is delivered via a combination of lectures, labs, field trips, group project work and assigned readings.
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures a week and one lab per week

Required: Hickman et al 2017, Animal Diversity (8th Ed), McGraw Hill

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of animal form, function and taxonomy
  • Be able to investigate animal distribution and abundance in natural habitats and communicate their findings in report form

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 14-15, 17
Tuesday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 18-20
P2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 14-15, 17
Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 18-20

Other Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 18:00-19:50 21