Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susie Ho


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 be able to:

  1. Describe the historical development of the theory of evolution and the evidence for the occurrence of evolution;

  1. Explain the fundamental processes of evolution and the major evolutionary events in the history of life;

  1. Describe the principles of systematically classifying organic diversity;

  1. Apply the techniques for inferring the evolutionary relationships of organisms;

  1. Synthesise and communicate scientific principles and information underlying evolution in oral and/or written formats.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042