EVOL501 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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EVOL301 or BIOL301 or BIOL301A or BIOL501 or SYST301
Notes None
Combined Units EVOL301 - 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 Interactive Dataset 15%
Assessment Notes

Interactive Identification Dataset. Word limit n/a due to nature of assignment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 5, 6

Compulsory Report 30% 2,000-3,000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Systematics Computer Programs 15%
Assessment Notes

Systematics Computer Programs Tasks. Word limit n/a due to nature of prescribed tasks.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2

Compulsory Take Home Examination 40% 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 an advanced and integrated understanding of the key concepts of systematics and have sound 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; this will demonstrate students' ability to reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories;
  3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of different approaches to phylogenetic analysis and classification;
  4. conduct phylogenetic analyses using computer programs; this will demonstrate students' ability to work autonomously and use educated judgment;
  5. demonstrate advanced skills in appraisal of and communication of scientific literature; this communication will be transmitted to a specialist and non-specialist audeince in written forms; and
  6. demonstrate advanced skills necessary to critically review, appraise and communicate scientific literature of relevance to biosystematics. This will also demonstrate students' ability to undertake literature research.