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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad theoretical/technical understanding of the progression of life on Earth;
- 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;
- 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
- demonstrate a broad theoretical/technical understanding of a variety of palaeontological topics such as evolution, extinction, palaeoecology and taxonomy.
- 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.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- 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.
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required if students choose to attend the Non-Mandatory Intensive School. In 2020 the Non-Mandatory Intensive school will be held at the Armidale campus NSW. Students who do not attend the non-mandatory intensive school must complete the alternative assignment on invertebrate fossils. Trimester 1 dates: April 22-25 Trimester 3 dates: December 7-10
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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.
This subject 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.
Quiz 1: 200 words. Relates to Learning Outcome 4 Quiz 2: 200 words. Relates to Learning Outcome 4 Quiz 3: 200 words. Relates to Learning Outcome 1 Quiz 4: 200 words. Relates to Learning Outcome 1, 2 Essay: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcome 1, 2 Practical: Practical work for students attending the intensive school. * Assign: 1000 words. Assignment for students not attending the intensive school. * * Complete either the Practical or Assignment component. Relates to Learning Outcome 1, 3, 4
- Quiz 1 (10%)
- Quiz 2 (10%)
- Quiz 3 (10%)
- Quiz 4 (10%)
- Essay (30%)
- Practical work for students attending the intensive school. (30%)
- Assignment for students not attending the intensive school. (30%)
Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution 4th ed.
Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record 2nd ed. 2020
Benton, M.J. and Harper, D.A.T.