GEOL202 Introductory Palaeontology

Updated: 14 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
25 February 2019 28 February 2019 Non-Mandatory Students who do not attend the non-mandatory intensive school must complete the alternative assignment on invertebrate fossils.
29 October 2019 01 November 2019 Non-Mandatory Students who do not attend the non-mandatory intensive school must complete the alternative assignment on invertebrate fossils.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 18cp at 100 level
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEOL102 or GEOL103
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Marissa Betts (marissa.betts@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit teaches students the fundamental principles of palaeontology and introduces them to the history of life on Earth. Readings cover topics such as the origin of life, evolution, extinction and palaeoecology. Practical exercises during the intensive school focus on invertebrate fossils, comparative palaeoecology and interpretation of fossil trackways.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution

ISBN: 9780632052387
Clarkson, E.N.K., Blackwell Science 4th ed. 1998

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record

ISBN: 9781405141574
Benton, M.J. and Harper, D.A.T., Wiley-Blackwell 2009

Note: Available from the Dixson Library, UNE.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 30% On Campus and Online 1000
Assessment Notes

Essay. Only completed by students not attending the intensive school and therefore not completing the practical work

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Essay 30% On Campus and Online 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 4

Compulsory Online Quiz 1 10% On Campus and Online 200
Assessment Notes

Principles of Palaeontology

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Compulsory Online Quiz 2 10% On Campus and Online 200
Assessment Notes

Evolution and the Fossil Record

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Compulsory Online Quiz 3 10% On Campus and Online 200
Assessment Notes

Major Events in the History of Life

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1

Compulsory Online Quiz 4 10% On Campus and Online 200
Assessment Notes

The Origin of Life

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2

Compulsory Practical 30% On Campus and Online
Assessment Notes

Practical work for students attending the intensive school.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad theoretical/technical understanding of the progression of life on Earth;
  2. describe and evaluate theories for the origin of life and by doing so demonstrate the ability to analyse and transmit information to others using written or verbal forms;
  3. identify and describe a selection of invertebrate fossil groups and by doing so demonstrate a broad theoretical/technical knowledge of the subject and the ability to analyse and transmit information to others; and
  4. demonstrate a broad theoretical/technical understanding of a variety of palaeontological topics such as evolution, extinction, palaeoecology and taxonomy.