GEOL315 Vertebrate Palaeontology

Updated: 26 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory Both online and on campus students must attend the mandatory intensive school
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites GEOL202
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

Unit will only be offered in odd numbered years; It is recommended that GEOL202 be completed within the Trimester 3 offering, the year prior to enrolment within GEOL315.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Nic Campione (
Unit Description

From dinosaurs to the Cambrian explosion, this unit provides an overview of the major vertebrate groups (exclusive of mammals) and their fossil record. The unit combines theory with field-based learning and a strong focus on Australian Mesozoic fossil groups. Anatomy, pivotal evolutionary events and key specimens are the focus of online content.

The field component introduces essential skills including prospecting, specimen identification, stratigraphic mapping, geologic interpretation and scientific writing.

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 and coherent knowledge of the major vertebrate groups based on skeletal anatomy;
  2. present a clear, coherent and independent exposition, in written or oral form, on the key anatomical modifications that led to the success of the different vertebrate groups;
  3. demonstrate the ability to autonomously, gather, analyse, critically review and synthesise anatomical, taxonomic, and geological data in order to assess and compare palaeofaunas through time; and
  4. utilise field skills necessary to collect, study and curate vertebrate fossils.