Unit # 1
Darwinism and the Emergence of Life
This unit explores the history and development of Darwinism and the emergence of life on our planet.
a) The history and development of Darwinism, looking at the evolutionary theories expounded by Darwin and how they have provided biology with its grand, overarching theory.
b) The emergence of life on our planet from the earliest signs through to the Cambrian explosion.
Unit # 2
Evolution of Vertebrates and Plants
This unit looks at the evolution of vertebrate life and gives an overview of early plant evolution.
a) The evolution of vertebrate life, looking in more detail at the evolution of fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.
b) An overview of early pant evolution, looking in particular at the non-vascular and vascular plants. Taking into account plant reproduction and leaf evolution.
Evolutionary Biology Course
This is a Level 3 open entry course and no prior qualifications are required for enrolment.
This 4 module evolutionary biology course explores the principles of evolutionary biology. The course explores the history and development of Darwinism (the beginnings of all of our evolutionary thinking begins with Darwin), the emergence of life, the evolution of vertebrate life and early plant evolution.
Learn about the scientific theories of evolutionary biology and the development of this subject through time from Ancient Greece to modern day.
Evolutionary Biology is defined in the following quote: “The branches of biology that deal with the processes of change in populations of organisms, especially taxonomy, paleontology, ethology, population genetics, and ecology”. Evolutionary Biology is related to other areas of biology, and it is a rapidly growing subject for study. Increasingly advanced and fast-moving technology assists us in learning about the history of the earth and life on it. Many long term research projects are extending over decades in this fascinating subject. Biologists research and study biodiversity and evolution from pre-historic days to now. Studying evolution can help us to understand the history of life. Studying the historical functions of plants, fungi, bacteria and animals helps us understand their past and present environmental relationship. Evolutionary biology explores the evolutionary processes that produced life on earth, the origin of species through natural selection and genetic variation and the descent of species and origin of new species. Evolutionary biology has many practical applications, not least in species conservation.
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