SLE370 - Evolution

Year:

2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite:

One of SLE237, SLE204, SLE205 or SLE254 plus one other level 2 SLE-coded unit

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2 hour online class per week (recorded), 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week (optional on-campus seminar offered).

Content

This unit covers the broad scope of evolutionary theory, and the evidence for evolution, addressing the major mechanisms of evolutionary change including natural selection and genetic drift. It will cover mutation and evolution at the genetic level; adaptation; sexual selection; the evolution of sex and social behaviour; speciation and biodiversity; the ecological causes of evolutionary change; 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 ecology, conservation; medicine, philosophy psychology and education.

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