|Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in||ALL|
|Offer in 2021 - 2022||Y N|
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|EASC1407 Dinosaur Ecosystems (6 credits)||Academic Year||2021|
|Offering Department||Earth Sciences||Quota||---|
|Course Co-ordinator||TBC, Earth Sciences|
This course aims to introduce:
-How palaeontologists reconstruct ancient ecosystems using fossil and modern evidence.
-Traits and significance of a Late Cretaceous ecosystem.
In addition to these subject-specific aims, the course style and structure - particularly incorporated e-learning tools - are specifically designed to encourage the development of analytical skills and critical, logical, and lateral thinking. The course also provides opportunities to apply newly acquired knowledge.
|Course Contents & Topics||
The course covers five topics:
1. Introduction to dinosaurs:
Dinosaur biology ranging from their appearance, classification and diet to their evolution and extinction. Introduction of the main field site visited virtually and discussed in the course: Late Cretaceous site of Erlian in the southern Gobi Desert of China.
2. Meat-eating dinosaurs - theropods:
Theropods discovered in Erlian, including their biology and insights into the preserved ecosystem.
3. Plant-eating dinosaurs - sauropodomorph and ornithischian dinosaurs:
Erlian's herbivores from the dominant hadrosaurian ornithischians to the rare sauropodomorphs and the rarer non-hadrosaurian ornithischians. Insights into herbivore biology at the time and into the local ecosystem.
4. Living with dinosaurs:
Non-dinosaurian reptiles, mammals, fish and invertebrates that lived with the dinosaurs of Erlian and their roles in the ecosystem.
5. Bringing dinosaurs and their ecosystems to life: evidence palaeontologists use to gain insight into dinosaur diet, behaviour, and growth.
|Course Learning Outcomes||
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
(and Co-requisites and
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|Offer in 2021 - 2022||N To be confirmed||Examination||To be confirmed|
|Offer in 2022 - 2023||N|
|Course Grade||A+ to F|
|Course Type||Lecture with laboratory component course|
& Learning Activities
and online materials
Recommended reading (e-books and regular books):
Dinosaur paleobiology. S.L. Brusatte. 2012. Wiley: New York. 322pp. [HKU main library e-book]
The complete dinosaur (2nd ed.). M.K. Brett-Surman, T.R. Holtz, Jr. & J.O. Farlow (eds.). 2012. Indiana University Press: Bloomington. 1128pp. [HKU main library e-book]
Dinosaurs: a concise natural history (3rd edition). D.E. Fastovsky, D.B. Weishampel, J. Sibbick. 2016. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. 477pp. [good for students with non-science backgrounds; HKU main library: 567.9 F251 d58]
The Dinosauria (2nd edition). Weishampel, D.B., Dodson, P., Osmolska, H. (eds.). 2004. University of California Press: Berkeley. 861pp. [more technical; HKU main library: 567.9 D58]
|Additional Course Information||This course is a flipped-classroom version of the award-winning HKU MOOC Dinosaur Ecosystem (Faculty of Science Teaching Innovation in E-learning Award and nominee of edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning). E-learning components are hosted on the easy-to-use HKU Online Learning platform (https://learning.hku.hk/catalog/), whilst tutorials and labs are in person and include fossil specimens from the Department of Earth Sciences, Stephen Hui Geological Museum and the HKU Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory.|
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