• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Evolution and Ecology, Biology
  • Minor code EVEC-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

This minor provides students with a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts in evolutionary and ecological studies, as they apply to both the plant and animal kingdoms. The courses offered give students the opportunity to extend their knowledge in the areas of behavioural ecology, marine ecology, zoology, the biological impacts of climate change, and to grapple with the controversial issues in evolutionary biology.A solid grounding in the areas of evolution and ecology are essential for students intending to pursue higher degrees in these areas. In addition, students who have an interest in field based careers (rangers, ecological surveyors and consultants, field research) or in wildlife management (conservation and environmental policy, sustainable resource management) require the understanding of field research techniques and ecological and evolutionary theory on which these professions are based.

Learning Goals:

Students completing the minor in Evolution and Ecology will be able to:

  1. Explain fundamental concepts in evolution and ecology.
  2. Recognise how hypotheses are tested in the fields of evolution and ecology and identify areas of uncertainty and controversy in the discipline.
  3. Access and critically assess the primary research literature in the field.
  4. Formulate testable hypotheses for evolutionary and ecological problems based on their conceptual understanding.
  5. Classify, compare and describe plant and animal species and describe the processes involved in their evolutionary and ecological interactions.
  6. Apply the practical skills necessary to carry out research, based on their experiences of field studies, and /or working in a research team.
  7. Deploy statistical techniques of analysis within one or more areas of ecological research, including the use of databases and statistical packages.
  8. Be conversant with the specialist terms that are used by evolutionary and ecological scientists, as well as being able to communicate information and concepts clearly and concisely to interested lay persons.

Other Information

Advice to Students

Students need to be aware that some of the courses in the minor require prerequisite courses that are not listed as part of the minor, as follows:

BIOL2113 Invertebrate Zoology requires BIOL1009

BIOL2131 Population Ecology requires BIOL1003; first year statistics (STAT1003 or STAT1008) is strongly recommended.

BIOL2122 Australian Plant Functional Diversity requires BIOL1009

BIOL3131 is a co-requisite for BIOL3132

Student with a particular interest in the area of zoology would opt for the two 2000 zoology courses, and 12 units of BIOL3116, BIOL3206, or BIOL3208, BIOL3131 and BIOL3132.

Behavioural ecology students may prefer to take BIOL2131 and 6 units from BIOL2111 or BIOL2113, and 12 units from BIOL3131, BIOL3132, or BIAN3018 and BIOL3208

Plant ecology students should take BIOL2122 and 6 units from the other 2000 courses listed in the minor and 12 units from BIOL3116, BIOL3125, BIOL3206 or BIOL3208.

General ecology students should take BIOL2131 along with any other combination of the courses available to satisfy the minor.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Evolution and Ecology minor.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
BIOL2122 Plant Functional Diversity: Genomes to Biomes 6
BIOL2111 Australian Vertebrates 6
BIOL2113 Invertebrate Zoology 6
BIOL2131 Population Ecology 6

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
BIOL3116 Marine Ecology 6
BIOL3125 Plants and Global Climate Change 6
BIOL3131 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology 6
BIOL3132 Field Studies in Behavioural Ecology 6
BIOL3206 Evolution of Biodiversity 6
BIOL3208 Biology Research Project 6
BIAN3018 Primate Behavioural Ecology Field School in Cambodia 12
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