SLE370 - Evolution


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

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



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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)

Online independent and collaborative learning including Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week. An on-campus option is provided for the weekly seminar.


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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