EVOL102 Evolution in the Fossil Record

Updated: 09 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ARCH100 or ARPA102
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Marissa Betts (marissa.betts@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit examines the story of evolution as told by the fossil record over the last 500 million years. Major transitions in the history of life are explored, from the earliest life forms, to the vertebrate invasion of land and the emergence of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of humans. Aspects of evolution are discussed within the context of a constantly changing Earth, including major climatic shifts and extinction events, and how these changes have shaped the complexity of life we see today. This unit assumes no previous scientific studies and is suitable for both commencing science students and those with a general interest in the evolution of life on Earth.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of evolutionary theory;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of some of the major evolutionary events in plant and animal (including human) evolution; and
  3. show clear evidence for evolution in the rock record through key fossils and events throughout geological time.