EVOL301 Biological Systematics

Updated: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
17 April 2020 20 April 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 72cp including one or more of BOTY203 or BOTY403 or EVOL211 or EVOL311 or ZOOL203 or ZOOL210 or ZOOL220 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EVOL501 or BIOL301 or BIOL301A or BIOL501 or SYST301
Notes None
Combined Units EVOL501 - Biological Systematics
Coordinator(s) Jeremy Bruhl (jbruhl@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Develop understanding and practical skills in species taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics relevant for all botanists, zoologists, evolutionary biologists and teachers of science. Topics developed jointly by Australian Museum, Botanic Gardens Trust Sydney and UNE staff, include analysis of species limits and phylogenetic relationships, character evolution, and applications of phylogeny reconstruction including conservation prioritisation.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Report 30% 2,000-3,000
Assessment Notes

Word limit 2000 - 3000 (consult with Unit Coordinator)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Systematics Computer Programs 20%
Assessment Notes

Systematics Computer Programs Tasks. Assessed Online

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2

Compulsory Take Home Examination 50% 1,400-2,000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5, 6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the key concepts of systematics and have practical systematics skills and experience in dealing with organismal diversity;
  2. demonstrate relevant understanding and practical skills in defining, scoring and analysing character data using appropriate computer programs and this will also demonstrate the student's ability in working autonomously and use well-developed judgment;
  3. demonstrate a sound understanding of the issues related to phylogenetic analysis and classification;
  4. conduct phylogenetic analyses using computer programs; this will demonstrate students' ability to analyse, generate and transmit solution to complex problems;
  5. demonstrate sound skills in appraisal and communication of scientific literature; this information will be transmitted to others using written forms; and
  6. demonstrate well-developed cognitive skills necessary to critically review, appraise and communicate scientific literature of relevance to systematics.