- Code EMSC6019
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
This course provides an overview of the fossil record of use to palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of life on Earth, the geochemical nature of fossils, and the role they play in allowing us to trace the evolution of the planet, and in particular the oceanic realm. This course is for students of geology, biology, archaeology, and those interested in environmental issues and past environments, including climate change.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates (EMSC2019) but will be assessed separately and to an advanced level of knowledge
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of life on Earth and outline and analyse how organisms contributed to the changes that occurred on land and in the oceans.
- Describe and differentiate between the different extinct fossil groups including contrasting their form and function.
- Recognise and explain the changes and diversity of the fossil record in the oceans through time.
Field Trip: There may be a 2 day field trip to the South Coast.
If there is a fieldtrip students will be required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trip. The cost for the trip in 2013 was $110. Payments may be made at the Science Cashier, Bldg 42 or online at ScienceShop http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/
A combination of theory and practical examinations, plus one oral and written presentation on a selected fossil and one field report.
A more advanced level of knowledge will be expected for this graduate course compared to the undergraduate level course (EMSC2019)
Theory exam (40%, LO 1-3)
Practical examinations (30%, LO 1-3)
An oral and a written presentation on a selected fossil (15%, LO 2)
Field trip assignment (15%, LO 2 and 3)
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A maximum of 39 hours of lectures/tutorials and 26 hours of laboratories plus a field excursion
Requisite and Incompatibility
Senden, Paul, Nudds, John (2012)
Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems (Acedemic Press) 2nd edition,
Optional advanced reading:
Clarkson, E. N. K. (1998) Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution. Chapman and Hall, 4th ed.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7441||21 Jul 2014||08 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|