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Undergraduate | UNE-GEOL202 | 2024

Introductory Palaeontology

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Combine elements of biology, geology and chemistry to unearth prehistoric life forms. By studying fossils, you’ll explore the history of life on Earth. Explore theories that cover the progression of life—from origins, to evolution, and extinction.

Study method
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Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
21 Oct 2024,
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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
16 weeks

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Introductory Palaeontology

About this subject

  • Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

    1. demonstrate a broad theoretical/technical understanding of the progression of life on Earth;
    2. 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;
    3. 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
    4. demonstrate a broad theoretical/technical understanding of a variety of palaeontological topics such as evolution, extinction, palaeoecology and taxonomy.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • UNE-DSC-DIP-2024 - Diploma in Science

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - 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).
  • 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. Please refer students to link for requirements:
  • Travel requirements - Travel may be required if attending the non-mandatory face-to-face workshop and field excursion.
  • Other requirements -

    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.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Diploma in Science