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SLE237 - Biogeography

Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

L Weldon


One of SLE102, SLE103, SLE111, SLE115, SLE132, SLE136 or SLE151

Contact hours:

Intensive mode short course with a total of 54 contact hours (including classes, seminars and practicals).  This will be followed by a 2 hour test.

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.


This unit includes: a detailed review of biogeography as a natural and historical science, a detailed examination of biological and environmental factors that govern the dispersal and migration capabilities of organisms; a study of key research methods and theories in biogeography; a study of plate tectonics and its effects on biotic distribution and macro-evolution; and a detailed examination of the distribution patterns and mechanisms of key groups of organisms today and in the past in the context of changing regional and global physical environments (including changing geographical and climatic conditions). Case studies will address the history and biogeographical processes of some of the unique contemporary Australian plant and animal species, and the Australian biota as a whole will be examined with particular reference to their 'deep time' (or geological) history, their contemporary and historic biogeographical relationships with biotas of adjacent continents and islands (Southeast Asia, New Zealand and SW Pacific islands) and their dynamic responses to physical environmental changes to the Australian continent today and into the future.


5 x assignments (10% each) 50%, one final test 50%

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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