• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Plant Science, Zoology, Evolution and Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Marcel Cardillo
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL2114
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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The spectacular plant and animal biodiversity on Earth has been generated by the basic phenomena of mutation and natural selection that in turn feed in to the speciation process. This course explores the principles and processes that underpin evolution, using examples drawn from plants and animals. Topics covered in this course will include: phylogenetics and the history of life, natural selection and adaptation, evolutionary processes including mutation and genetic drift, molecular evolution, speciation, coevolution and macroevolution.  This course will be taught interactively through lectures, workshops and tutorials. Students will examine the milestone research studies that identified the basic principles and processes in evolutionary change, and the most recent experimental and genetic tools to test hypotheses concerning the evolution of life.

Note:  Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Examine, summarise and integrate central ideas underpinning evolutionary patterns and processes from the molecular to the macro scale.
  2. Analyse the role of observation, pattern, experimentation and modelling in the generation and testing of evolutionary hypotheses.
  3. Critically evaluate scientific evidence for and against evolutionary patterns and processes.
  4. Work effectively in a group environment to carry out evolutionary research and prepare scientific reports on this work.
  5. Communicate evolutionary theory and research findings findings both orally and in writing. 

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Theory Exams: There will be two theory exams that cover the lecture component of the course (40% in total, 20% each: LO 1-2).
  • Practical Reports: There will be several practical sessions that will require submission of a (20%: LO 3-4)
  • Group presentation:  PG students will do two group presentations on different topics (40% in total, 20% each: LO 3-5)

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Workload

Three lectures per week, 5 - 6 x 3 hour practical or tutorial sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with BIOL2114

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9505 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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