BS2470 - Evolution
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Evolution is important for every field of biology, from marine and terrestrial biology
and ecology through to conservation, aquaculture, molecular genetics, and even human
health. How did evolution result in the diversity of life on earth today? Why does
this species look and behave as it does? How do all these species live together in
a community? Will this species be able to adapt to a changing environment? How do
I improve my crops and farming stock? Why did these antibiotics not work? The evolutionary
perspective provides answers to a myriad of questions across multiple disciplines.
Indeed, as a famous biologist once said, "nothing makes sense in biology except in
the light of evolution". This subject will take the learner on a journey from a broad
perspective starting with the history of life on earth, the Tree of Life, and the
evolution of biodiversity; through to how species evolve as a result of natural and
artificial selection; and all the way down to the underlying genetic basis for why
organisms look and behave the way they do.
- Discuss how complex organisms result from the basic genetic code; Describe the applications
of genetic techniques to ecology and evolution;
- Define the basis and methods for studying genetic diversity at different hierarchical
levels (from genes to species);
- Identify the ways in which structures and functions of living things are determined
by genetic factors and interact with their environment;
- Demonstrate proficiency in observation and evaluation of methods of data collection
- Demonstrate reliable problem-solving and scientific decision-making, and development
of skills in preparing and presenting written technical reports.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have completed 12 credit points of level
1 science subjects, have an understanding of the fundamentals of biology, inheritance
and the principles of evolution (BZ1001/BS1001 or equivalent).
||BZ1001 OR BS1001 OR BZ1005
|AG2005 BZ2820 BZ5420 BZ5820 BZ2420
Study Period 1
|Census Date 28-Mar-2019
||Dr Lynne Van Herwerden
||Professor Kyall Zenger, Dr Megan Higgie, Assoc. Professor David Bourne, Assoc. Professor Jan Strugnell, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours on-campus > Lectures
- 2 hours on-campus > Tutorials
- 16 hours on-campus > Practicals
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (40%); tutorials, practical reports, mid-term exam, written assignments and on-course tests (60%).
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest