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SLE136 - History of Life

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Liz Weldon





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 3 hour practical per fortnight


This unit introduces students to the history of life on earth, including its development and survival into the future, through our knowledge of the fossil record. Subject matter within the unit will include the origin of life on earth and its earliest development from 4.0 to 3.5 billion years ago, an introduction to the science of palaeobiology, dating the fossil record, the age of bacteria, the rise of animals and the age of invertebrates, the rise of fishes and the invasion of the land by plants and animals, the rise of tetrapods and the ages of dinosaurs and mammals, the age of Homo, evolving biodiversity and the science of extinctions.


Laboratory notebook 20%, scientific report 20%, group poster presentation 20%, final examination 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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