- Code EMSC4019
- Unit Value 6 units
This course is for Honours students
This course provides an overview of the co-evolution of life and Earth through time, from the origin of life, early evolution in ancient Precambrian oceans, the emergence of animal life in the Cambrian explosion, the invasion of land by plants, and the major mass extinctions that saw major turnover off forms of life, including the demise of dinosaurs. The course will provide an overview of the major groups of plant and animal fossils (theoretically and based on inspection of specimens during practicals) and show how they can be used to reconstruct ancient environments and ecosystems. The course will also teach the basics of unconventional signs of life in the rock record such as molecular fossils and isotopic traces.
This course is for students of geology, biology, chemistry,and archaeology.
Honours students attend joint classes with undergraduate students and graduate students but are assessed separately.
Additional readings of greater conceptual difficulty requiring an advanced scientific understanding will be made available for students enrolled at the graduate level.
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:
1) Examine fossils and identify the time period in which the organisms lived.
2) Describe the evolution of life on Earth, from its simple beginnings more than 3 billion years ago to the present using macroscopic and molecular fossils as well as isotopic tracers.
3) Analyse in depth how fossils can be used to reconstruct changes in environmental conditions in the oceans and on land through time.
4) Evaluate how geobiology has contributed to our knowledge about evolution of life
5) Communicate efficiently to peers how geobiology has contributed to various ideas about the evolution of life.
A combination of theory and practical examinations, plus one oral presentation on a selected topic.
- Mid semester theory and practical exam (40%, LO 1-3)
- An oral presentation on a selected topic (20%, LO 2)
- End of semester theory exam (40%, LO 1-3)
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WorkloadA maximum of 39 hours of lectures/tutorials and 26 hours of laboratories
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsNo textbook required
Assumed KnowledgeFoundation understanding of earth science, biology or chemistry to level of first year university studies
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- 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|
|9275||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|