ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Zoology major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Genetics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit covers the basic principles of evolutionary theory with special emphasis on the mechanisms that generate the diversity of life. It examines the genetic structure of populations, factors that maintain variation within populations and causes of divergence among populations, the origin of species and methods of phylogenetic analysis. The emphasis is on the integration of fundamental concepts, approaches to solving problems and the application of evolutionary ideas and methods to questions in fields such as ecology, behaviour, conservation biology and systematics.
Students are able to (1) understand and use the basic terminology of population genetics; (2) solve problems, working from basic principles; (3) analyse data appropriately; (4) formulate questions clearly and evaluate evidence critically; (5) integrate ideas and concepts, rather than simply memorise facts; and (6) communicate clearly and concisely, demonstrating comprehension of the topic.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) online quizzes & report; (2) discussion groups & essay; and (3) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jason Kennington and Associate Professor Joseph Tomkins
Unit rules
any Level 2 ANIM
GENE unit
ANIM3302 Genetics and Evolution, ANIM8302 Genetics and Evolution, GENE3360 Evolutionary Genetics
Contact hours
lectures/practicals/Practical Classes: average 5 hours per week
Unit Outline
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.