Spring 2021 - EASC 103 D100

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (3)

Class Number: 1659

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM



Class Dinosauria and how our understanding of this extinct group continues to evolve in the light of new discoveries. Topics include the rise of the dinosaurs, criteria for the recognition of the different groups, fossil data regarding dinosaur metabolism, evidence of dinosaur behavior, possible evolutionary relationships with birds, and theories of dinosaur extinction. Students may not take EASC 103 for credit towards EASC major or minor program requirements. Students with credit for EASC 103W may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.



The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is an introductory course with focus on the Mesozoic Earth. We will examine the ‘Age of Reptiles’ and gain insights into a world ruled by dinosaurs. We begin with a broad look at fossils, geologic time and biological classification, and spend most of our time looking at the different groups of dinosaurs. The course ends with the extinction of the (non-avian) dinosaurs.

Course Topics:
     1. An introduction to dinosaurs, fossils, geologic time and biological classification

  1. Dinosaur ancestry and anatomy
  2. The rise of dinosaurs: the Triassic dinosaurs
  3. Theropod classification and diversity
  4. Sauropods: the long-necks
  5. Ornithopods: iguanondontids and the ‘duck bills’
  6. Thyreophora: plated dinos and the armoured tanks
  7. Marginocephalia: horned dinos and the dome-heads
  8. The fall of the dinosaurs: the K/Pg Extinction Event

Course Organization: The Spring 2021 offering of EASC 103 is via remote instruction. We will be using the Canvas platform where you will download PDFs of the lecture PowerPoint slides and annotate these notes while listening to the lecture recording. Lectures are scheduled as SYNCHRONOUS. However, as all lectures are recorded, students can listen and review them at any time. Lecture exams are SYNCHRONOUS (done during the lecture period, dates will be posted on the course schedule). You must be available to complete the exam during those scheduled times.

Course Details:

Mode of teaching:

  • Lecture: Synchronous (recorded)
  • Exams: Synchronous (dates TBA)



  • 4 tests each worth 25% of the course grade (*Subject to change) Tests are SYNCHRONOUS (during the regular scheduled lecture times) and administered remotely via Canvas Quizzes. Test format is a mix of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blanks, matching and short-answer questions. 100%



Materials + Supplies:

Access to high-speed internet, webcam


Course E-Text:

Dinosaurs: the Textbook, 6th edition by Spencer G. Lucas, 2016.

If available, an online version of the textbook will be linked through the SFU Library.

ISBN: 9780231541848

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).