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SLE370 - Evolution

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
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.


Essay 20%, written report 20%, oral presentation 10%, examination 50%

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