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SLE372 - Evolutionary Ecology

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

John Endler

Prerequisite:

SLE103 and SLE204, and one of SLE111 or SLE254, plus any two level 2 or level 3 SLE-coded units

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week

Content

This unit is designed to teach the fundamentals of evolution with a strong emphasis on the ecological and functional causes of evolution.   In a time of changing environments it is very important to understand the functional links between ecology and evolutionary processes because that helps us to predict responses to changing ecology and has spinoffs in other fields such as drug and pesticide resistance.  The approach will be a mixture of important facts, concepts, and models.   

Subjects will include:

  • biodiversity
  • phylogenetics as a way of both organizing and understanding biodiversity the basic mechanisms of evolution (natural selection, genetic drift, gene flow)
  • the basic logic behind evolution and evolutionary inference
  • the evidence for evolution
  • ecological causes of natural selection and evolutionary change
  • ecological and other causes of evolutionary divergence
  • effects of habitat diversity and habitat changes on evolution
  • constraints on evolution, speciation
  • effects of evolution on ecology
  • making and testing evolutionary hypotheses

Assessment

Examination 40%, in-class test 30%, independent project 30%

Unit Fee Information

If you are:

Domestic

  • in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate full fee paying student - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

International

  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

Course based calculation

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Unit based calculation

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Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$1114$1114$3979$3718

* 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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