GEOL202 Introductory Palaeontology

Updated: 25 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 1 Online
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
22 April 2020 25 April 2020 Non-Mandatory Students who do not attend the non-mandatory intensive school must complete the alternative assignment on invertebrate fossils.
07 December 2020 10 December 2020 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)
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.

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 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.