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SLE370 - Evolution

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Matthew Symonds


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



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.  Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


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.


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

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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