- Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- Teaching department
- Earth Sciences
- Credit value
Alternative credit options
There are no alternative credit options available for this module.
A problem-oriented teaching approach will allow students to ask questions about the evolutionary history of a group of their choosing, and then attempt to answer such questions using the methods discussed in the course.
The aims are to provide students with:
• A working knowledge of how phylogenetic trees are constructed, and the strenghts and weaknesses of analytical methods;
• An understanding of the role of phylogenetic trees in palaeontological research (e.g. biodiversity, divergence date estimates, biogeography etc.);
• A practical insight into the different methodologies used for reconstructing macroevolutionary patterns throughout time
• A clear appreciation of the history of life during the Phanerozoic, especially with regard to large-scale macroevolutionary patterns such as mass extinction events and the impact of geological/climatic change on organismal distributions.
Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year
Intended teaching term: Term 1 Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)
Teaching and assessment
- Mode of study
- Methods of assessment
80% Group coursework (13,000 words across three pieces of written work)20% Presentation (10 minutes followed by questions)
- Mark scheme
- Numeric Marks
The methods of assessment for affiliate students may be different to those indicated above. Please contact the department for more information.
- Number of students on module in previous year
- Module leader
- Dr Sebastian Groh
- Who to contact for more information
This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.