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SLE370 - Evolution

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:

SBB370

Unit chair:

Matthew Symonds

Prerequisite:

One of SLE204, SLE205, SLE254 plus one other level 2 SLE-coded unit

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Content

This unit covers the broad scope of evolutionary theory, addressing the major mechanisms of evolutionary change including natural selection and genetic drift; mutation and evolution at the general level; adaptation; sexual selection; the evolution of sex and social behavior; speciation and biodiversity; reconstruction and the use of evolutionary trees; the major transitions in evolutionary history; and the evolution of humans. In addition to its central role in biology, the unit will address the implications of evolutionary theory to fields such as medicine, philosophy and education.

Assessment

Examination 60%, essay 15%, assignment 15%, oral presentation 10%

Unit Fee Information

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