Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Earth Science A1N
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
BSc 180 ECTS credits including minimum 90 ECTS credits in Earth Science alternatively Biology. Knowledge and skill corresponding to Principles of palaeobiology 10 ECTS is recommended but not required.
After completion of the course the student should be able to have
understanding of key events in the evolution of life on Earth. In particular: the Precmbrian evolution of life the Phanerozoic diversification of multicellular life, and in depth understanding of the periods of diversification and mass extinctions in Earth's history
in depth understanding of the main groups of micro fossils and their phylogeny
in depth understanding of animal origin, diversification and phylogeny
practical skills in the field and lab using palaeobiological methods
competence in synthesizing appropriate information, evaluating ideas, and presenting facts and theories from scientific articles
capacity to present ideas, problems and results clearly and succinctly
added foundations for further studies in palaeobiology
basic vocational skills in palaeobiology
Origin and divergence of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Palaeobiology and ecology of major clades of unicellular biota (bacteria and protoctista) and their evolution through time. Application in stratigraphy, biotic radiations and extinctions. origin and diversification of the Metazoa. The Phanerozoic evolution of the invertebrates and the plants.
Lectures, seminars, practicals and field course. The participation in seminars, practicals and field course is compulsory.
Examination during or at the end of the course. In addition the compulsory parts must be approved. Possible course grades are U ("fail"), 3, 4 or 5. A student who fails the exam can try again within one month. The field course is equivalent to 2.5 credits and the theoretical part 12.5 credits.