- Code BIOL2114
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Plant Science, Zoology, Evolution and Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation
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.
Learning OutcomesOn satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Examine, summarise and integrate central ideas underpinning evolutionary patterns and processes from the molecular to the macro scale.
- Analyse the role of observation, pattern, experimentation and modelling in the generation and testing of evolutionary hypotheses.
- Critically evaluate scientific evidence for and against evolutionary patterns and processes.
- Conduct basic evolutionary research and communicate the findings both orally and in writing.
- Theory Exams: There will be two theory exams that cover the lecture component of the course (50% in total, 25% each: LO 1-2).
- Practical Reports: There will be several practical sessions that will require submission of a (25%: LO 3-4)
- Group presentation (25%: LO 3-4)
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WorkloadThree lectures per week, 5 - 6 x 3 hour practical or tutorial sessions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL1009 is highly recommended
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|9584||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person|