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BZ2820 - Evolutionary Biology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Evolution is the dominate process in the development of life on earth. It influences every aspect of an organisms form and behaviour. 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 field 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.

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.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of the fundamentals of biology, inheritance and the principles of evolution (BZ1005 or BS1001 or equivalent).
Prerequisites: BZ1005 OR BZ1001 OR BS1001
AG2005 BZ5420 BZ2420 BZ5820 BS2470 BS5470


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Tasmin Rymer.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals - Practical and computer workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); practical reports, written assignments and on-course work (50%).

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.