Undergraduate | UNE-GEOL210-2023
If you’re new to science, studying dinosaurs is a great way to uncover key concepts in biology and geology. You’ll explore evolution and find out about fossils. Chart the rise and fall of the dinosaurs against the history of life on Earth.
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- 26 June 2023,
- 23 Oct 2023
About this subject
What you'll learn
Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify major transitions in the evolution of life on Earth;
- relate Earth Systems to the evolution of life, in particular those associated with dinosaur origins, survival and extinction;
- demonstrate the importance of fossils for geological and biological understandings;
- explain the position of dinosaurs in the Tree of Life;
- identify major dinosaur groups based on key anatomical characteristics; and
- use anatomical characteristics to interpret dinosaur biology.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
This subject presents a general introduction to dinosaurs, their position in the history of life, along with their rise, fall and survival.
Through a “dinosaur lens”, you will learn about major transitions in the history of life and their relationship to Earth Systems, such as plate tectonics and environmental changes.
Completing this subject will provide you with a basic understanding of evolution as interpreted from the fossil record, where you will learn to explain the geological and biological importance of fossils. You will explore the life and times of dinosaurs throughout the Mesozoic Era, after which you will be able to distinguish between major groups of dinosaurs and use their anatomy to evaluate dinosaur growth, behaviour and evolution.
This subject assumes no previous scientific studies and is suitable for commencing science students and those with a general interest in palaeontology, geology and/or biology.
Assessment 1 Topic Presentation Poster: Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6; Assessment 2 Online Practicals: Relates to Learning Outcomes 3, 5, 6; Assessment 3 Online Quiz: Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6.
- Topic Presentation Poster (25%)
- Online Practicals (50%)
- Online Quizzes (25%)
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- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
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