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Approx. 37 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Romanian
Learners taking this Course are
  • Geologists
  • Biologists
  • Scientists
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 37 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 weeks of study; 4-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Orientation

2 videos (Total 8 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Welcome to the Emergence of Life!5m
8 readings
Welcome to Emergence of Life!10m
Syllabus10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
How Graded Discussions Work10m
Discussion Rubric10m
Paper Assignment Rubric10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
5 hours to complete

Week 1 - Geological Time and the Nature of Science

9 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
9 videos
1.2. Philosophical Benchmarks in Science10m
1.3. Scientific Inquiry vs Scientific Method6m
1.4. The Scale of Time and Space: Powers of Ten8m
1.5. NASA’s Greeting Card to Aliens: The Golden Record11m
1.6. Deep Geological Time4m
1.7. The Structure of the Solar System7m
1.8. Birth of the Earth7m
1.9. The Perfect Storm: A Recipe for Life5m
1 reading
Week 1 Overview10m
2 practice exercises
Week 1 Quiz A1h
Week 1 Quiz B30m
Week
2
10 hours to complete

Week 2 - The Tree of Life and Early Earth Environments

10 videos (Total 75 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
2.2. The Place of Carl Woese in Evolutionary Biology8m
2.3. Revolution of the Tree of Life7m
2.4. Evolution of the Tree of Life6m
2.5. How Did Life Emerge?5m
2.6. The Genetic Code and Evolutionary Theory7m
2.7. Throwing Rocks at Earth: The Martian Meteorite10m
2.8. Microbial Mats and Stromatolites: Laying Down On the Job6m
2.9. Oxygenation of the Atmosphere5m
2.10. Snowball Earth; It Did Freeze Over!8m
3 readings
Week 2 Overview10m
Who Was Carl Woese?10m
Paper Assignment 1 Information10m
2 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz A1h
Week 2 Quiz B30m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Week 3 - Fossilization and Precambrian Life-Earth Interaction

7 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
7 videos
3.2. Ancient Forensic Science: Fossilization12m
3.3. Getting Old and Well-Preserved: Modes of Preservation9m
3.4. Our Spineless Friends: The Invertebrates6m
3.5. Lifestyles of the Rich and Fossilized6m
3.6. Trying to Make a Living: Fossil Feeding Modes6m
3.7. The Great Experiment of the Ediacaran Fauna7m
1 reading
Week 3 Overview10m
2 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz A1h
Week 3 Quiz B30m
Week
4
9 hours to complete

Week 4 - Paleozoic Life After the Advent of Skeletons

10 videos (Total 96 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
4.2. Cambrian Explosion3m
4.3. Cambrian Fauna: Origin of Vertebrates14m
4.4. Burgess Shale Experiment5m
4.5. Invertebrates: Successes of Life Without a Backbone18m
4.6. Paleozoic Fauna12m
4.7. Vertebrates: Successes of Life With a Backbone3m
4.8. Evolution of Jaws and Perfecting Predation13m
4.9. Heavily Armored Fish Without Jaws6m
4.10. Fish Evolution: Hook, Line, and Sinker10m
2 readings
Week 4 Overview10m
Paper Assignment 2 Information10m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz A1h
Week 4 Quiz B30m
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By NNSep 6th 2017

Superb instructor!\n\nAnd very precise and detailed information.\n\nThank you so much for putting together such a beautiful course.

By CGMar 16th 2019

Enjoyed every minute of the course and learned so much at the same time!

Instructor

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Bruce W. Fouke, Ph.D.

Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center
Department of Geology, Department of Microbiology, and Institute for Genomic Biology

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