Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Palaeobiology
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report  (2,000 words)  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Candidates must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Recognise, interpret and explain the geological, climatic and environmental processes that have shaped present-day landscapes and habitats.

Outline the major phases in the evolution of life on earth and describe key events as preserved in the fossil record.

Describe the evolution of major groups of organisms and identify the anatomical links between extinct and living life forms.

Brief description

This module will integrate geology, biogeography and palaeobiology to explain how such processes have shaped the evolution of life. as evidenced primarily in the fossil record.


Geological time and history. Plate tectonics. Palaeoclimates. Biogeography. Palaeobiology. The fossil record. Evolution of modern lifeforms.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Essay writing.
Improving own Learning and Performance Assimilation of material for essay presentation. Critical appraisal of morphological features in practicals.
Information Technology Use of digital spatial resources in coursework.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Critical judgement of best approach to practical exercises.
Research skills Information finding for essay.
Subject Specific Skills Identification and interpretation of palaeontological specimens and features.
Team work Integral part of practicals.


This module is at CQFW Level 4