ENV BIOL 4040B - Advanced Evolution and Palaeobiology (Hons) Pt 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course is part of the Honours in Evolution and Palaeobiology degree and runs in parallel with ENV BIOL 4055A/B Honours Evolution & Palaeobiology Project. It consists of three tasks that are performed across the full academic year and that focus on building research and communication skills (written and oral). These tasks are a literature review and research proposal (40%) which includes a short seminar (not assessed); a broadening essay (40%) and a technical report (or short essay) (20%). The intention of the course is to develop and improve your ability to synthesise and review the scientific literature, present oral summaries of your research project, and to develop technical and analytical skills involved with data analysis and interpretation. In carrying out these tasks you will develop an ability to collect and evaluate information, dissect complex ideas, gain an understanding of the present state of knowledge, identify gaps, develop an interesting viewpoint, assemble a persuasive argument and draw valid conclusions. An important component is the development of a research proposal that will be implemented and executed in the course ENV BIOL 4055A/B (Honours Evolution and Palaeobiology Project 1 & 2).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENV BIOL 4040B
    Course Advanced Evolution and Palaeobiology (Hons) Pt 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 9
    Contact Up to 10 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions BSc Honours Evolution & Palaeobiology
    Course Description This course is part of the Honours in Evolution and Palaeobiology degree and runs in parallel with ENV BIOL 4055A/B Honours Evolution & Palaeobiology Project. It consists of three tasks that are performed across the full academic year and that focus on building research and communication skills (written and oral). These tasks are a literature review and research proposal (40%) which includes a short seminar (not assessed); a broadening essay (40%) and a technical report (or short essay) (20%). The intention of the course is to develop and improve your ability to synthesise and review the scientific literature, present oral summaries of your research project, and to develop technical and analytical skills involved with data analysis and interpretation. In carrying out these tasks you will develop an ability to collect and evaluate information, dissect complex ideas, gain an understanding of the present state of knowledge, identify gaps, develop an interesting viewpoint, assemble a persuasive argument and draw valid conclusions. An important component is the development of a research proposal that will be implemented and executed in the course ENV BIOL 4055A/B (Honours Evolution and Palaeobiology Project 1 & 2).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Jeremy Austin

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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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