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BS5470 - Evolution

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Evolution is the dominant process in the development of life on earth. It influences every aspect of an organism's form and behaviour, and therefore is important for every field of biology, from marine and terrestrial biology and ecology through to conservation, aquaculture, molecular genetics, and even human health. This subject examines the evolutionary processes that have given rise to the diversity of life on earth; including the diversification and adaptation of populations to their surrounding environments and the rise of new species. Theory and techniques derived from evolutionary biology underpin many other fields in biology, and are being increasingly used in the conservation and management of threatened species and ecosystems. Knowledge of evolutionary processes is therefore essential for understanding and predicting how organisms will respond to increasing anthropogenic pressures and global change.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the basis of, and methods for, studying evolutionary processes;
  • apply technical, analytical and problem solving skills to investigate and present research on evolutionary biology in oral and written (including online) modes;
  • critically evaluate, and justify the contributions of, evolutionary processes to understanding ecological patterns of distribution and abundance, and how they lead to the diversity of life.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Workbook - (30%) - Individual.
Assumed
Knowledge:
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).
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
AG2005 BZ2820 BZ5420 BZ5820 BZ2420 BS2470

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Dr Lynne Van Herwerden
Lecturers: Professor Kyall Zenger, Dr Megan Higgie, Assoc. Professor David Bourne, Assoc. Professor Jan Strugnell, Dr Lynne Van Herwerden.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 13 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 13 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: 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 official information.