GEOL311 Palaeontology and Stratigraphy

Updated: 12 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
24 June 2020 29 June 2020 Mandatory Six-day intensive school which includes a two-day field excursion.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites GEOL102 or GEOL202 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

Unit will only be offered in even numbered years:

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) John Paterson (
Unit Description

This unit covers a variety of topics in both palaeontology and stratigraphy, including evolution, phylogeny, early life forms, Ediacaran life, the Cambrian explosion, taphonomy (fossil preservation), palaeoecology, palaeobiogeography, extinctions, lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, and chronostratigraphy. The unit will also investigate some of the major invertebrate fossil groups, in addition to microfossils and trace fossils. The unit includes a 2-day field excursion during the 6-day mandatory intensive school.

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. apply and explain the main concepts and principles in palaeontology and stratigraphy; this will also demonstrate the student's ability to analyse and evaluate information and transmit knowledge to others using written and verbal formats;
  2. demonstrate a broad coherent theoretical/technical knowledge by identifying the major fossil groups;
  3. apply fundamental palaeontological and stratigraphical field and laboratory techniques thereby demonstrating the student can work autonomously using well-developed judgement; and
  4. demonstrate a broad coherent theoretical/technical knowledge by comparing and contrasting the major events and phases in the history of life on Earth.