Evolutionary theory and mechanism; systematics and phylogenetics; the evolutionary record; evolutionary ecology and behavioural ecology; evolution of human social behaviour.
All biological phenomena we study today are derived from evolutionary events that occurred in the past. This paper is essential for students majoring in Zoology, but is also of importance to Genetics and Ecology majors and indeed anyone wanting to understand biology in an evolutionary context. In this paper we will explore exactly what evolution is, how it works and what its consequences are. Specific topics covered will range from systematics and phylogenetics, to the evolution of vertebrates and behavioural ecology.
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- CELS 191 and (BIOL 112 or (HUBS 191 or HUBS 192 or PTWY 131 with at least a B pass))
- Schedule C
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- View more information on the Department of Zoology's website
- Teaching staff
Dr Sheena Townsend (ZOOL222 course coordinator)
Dr Nic Rawlence (ZOOL222 course convenor)
- Paper Structure
Instruction is delivered via a combination of lectures, assigned readings and labs. Assessment includes project work and writing assignments with both formative and summative components, as well as a final exam.
- Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures a week and one lab per fortnight. Learning is supported with scheduled tutorials and online learning modules.
Freeman & Herron, 2014, Evolutionary Analysis (5th ed), Pearson, NJ
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- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
- Knowledge and understanding of the principles of evolution
- Knowledge of the investigative tools and data used in investigating pattern and process in evolutionary biology