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ZOOL221 Animal Designs for Living

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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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BIOL 112 or (HUBS 191 or HUBS 192 with at least a B pass)
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Professor Gerry Closs
Associate Professor Caroline Beck
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.


Recommended: Hickman et al 2021, Animal Diversity (9th Ed), McGraw Hill

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Teamwork.
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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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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-11, 13-15, 18-20
Tuesday 13:00-15:50 12, 17, 21
A2 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 9-11, 13-15, 18-20
Tuesday 16:00-18:50 12, 17, 21
A3 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-11, 13-15, 18-20, 22
Wednesday 13:00-15:50 12, 17, 21
A4 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 9-11, 13-15, 18-20, 22
Wednesday 16:00-18:50 12, 17, 21
A5 Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-11, 13-15, 18-20
Thursday 13:00-15:50 12, 17, 21


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 17
Tuesday 16:00-16:50 17
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 17