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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Aldo Poiani


The historical development of evolutionary ideas and the processes of natural selection as currently understood. Theories and techniques of reconstructing evolutionary history and the use of these approaches as tools for addressing practical problems. The history of life on earth and the role of evolutionary events such as mass extinctions and adaptive radiations in that history. Developmental and genetic processes in evolutionary change. Adaptation in the natural world.


On completion of this unit, students will learn the historical development of the theory of evolution and the evidence for the occurrence of evolution; understand the fundamental processes of evolution; be familiar with the major evolutionary events in the history of life, including chemical origins, emergence of eukaryotes, metazoans, and vertebrates, and mass extinctions; and understand the principles of classifying organic diversity and the techniques for inferring the evolutionary relationships of organisms.


Mid-semester theory examination (2 hours): 25%
Final theory examination (2 hours): 25%
Practical assignments: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Reina

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical or equivalent


BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042