Evolution in the Fossil Record
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- 08 Jul 2019
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of evolutionary theory;
- demonstrate an understanding of some of the major evolutionary events in plant and animal (including human) evolution; and
- show clear evidence for evolution in the rock record through key fossils and events throughout geological time.
- 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.
No eligibility requirements
- EquipmentDetails - • Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lecture and other media provided in units, a USB style headset has proven to provide superior audio quality to the jack style headset when used for online teaching software) • Headset, including microphone (highly recommended for participation in virtual classrooms) • Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
- SoftwareDetails - Please refer students to link for requirements: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware 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.
- OtherDetails -
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.
This subject examines the story of evolution as told by the fossil record over the last 500 million years. Major transitions in the history of life are explored, from the earliest life forms, to the vertebrate invasion of land and the emergence of dinosaurs, as well as the origin of humans. Aspects of evolution are discussed within the context of a constantly changing Earth, including major climatic shifts and extinction events, and how these changes have shaped the complexity of life we see today. This subject assumes no previous scientific studies and is suitable for both commencing science students and those with a general interest in the evolution of life on Earth.
Quiz 1: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Quiz 2: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Quiz 3: 800 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Quiz 4: 800 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Online Examination: 1700 words, 2 hours. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Online Participation: 500 words. Assessment Note: Students are expected to contribute to regular structured discussions on the Learning Management System. A topical question will be posted and students invited to share their thoughts. Right/wrong answers are not recorded but students should show evidence of research and/or critical thinking. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3
- Quiz 1 (10%)
- Quiz 2 (10%)
- Quiz 3 (15%)
- Quiz 4 (15%)
- Online Examination (40%)
- Online Participation (10%)
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