Systematic Paleontology (Exercise: An example of the Formal description of selected species). Systematics II ( Exrecise: Indentify selected species, an example of benthic foraminifera). Phenetic vs. Cladistic Classifications (Exrecise: How to make cladograms and phenetic three). Biostratigraphy and biostratigraphic smpling, Reolution, Precision and Accurancy (Exercises: Correlations of geologicl logs based on index fossils and the global biotratigraphic standard, and qunatitative biotratigraphy). Biostatitics and Diversity Indexes (Exercises: Multivar analysis: indexes, clusters). Functional Morphology (Exrecises: Testing Raup's Functional Hypothesis, and anlysis of structural elements of larger foraminiferal tests). Paleoecological interpretation (Exrecise: from selected sample rich in foraminifers interpret ecologic conditions). Research Project on selected sample.
Basic ability in the formalisation and specification of problems whose solution involves the use of paleontological methods.
Knowledge of appropriate solution patterns for stratigraphical and paleontological problems.
Ability to integrate field and laboratory evidence with theory following the sequence from observation to recognition, synthesis and paleoecological modeling.
Appreciation of issues concerning paleontological sample selection, accuracy, precision and analysis of data in the field and laboratory.
Ability to undertake literature searches, and to use data bases and other sources of information for paleontological interpretation (taxonomy, paleoclimatology, paleoecology, paleogeography).
Ability to interpret standard paleontological charts and plots (biostratigraphic range charts; phylogenies and cladograms; diversity analyses; etc.)