APS 121 Evolution

Level 1
Semester 1A
Credits 10
Teaching Staff Professor Charles Wellman, Professor Mike Siva-Jothy, Professor Rob Freckleton
Co-ordinator Professor Charles Wellman


This course presents evolution as the central unifying theme of modern biology. It begins with a brief overview of the origin of life and important events in the early history of life on earth. It goes on to explore evolutionary mechanisms: essentially how evolution works. The course finishes with three case studies in evolution.

Aims and Objectives

This unit aims to introduce students to evolutionary theory and demonstrate that evolution is the central unifying theme of modern biology.

By the end of the unit the student will be able to:
(i) explain the basic principles of evolutionary theory
(ii) describe examples of evolutionary processes
(iii) recall major events in the origin of life and early evolution of life on Earth

Delivery Method: 18 lectures, 3 practicals

Student Contact hours: 27

ASSESSMENT METHOD: 2 hour, multiple-choice examination
You are required to take the on-line self assessment test for APS121.

FEEDBACK: You will receive feedback via the online self-assessment test.  You will also receive feedback on your performance in different sections of the multiple choice examination after the marks have been released.

Please go to MOLE for further information on APS 121

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