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BI 2002
GENES AND EVOLUTION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Pettitt, Dr L Noble

Pre-requisite(s): SM 1501

Co-requisite(s): None.

The course explores the fundamental biological processes of genetics and evolution. Evolution is unified by the concept of continual change at the phenotypic level, underpinned by genetic changes of different kinds at the molecular level. The content of the course draws on material at all levels of complexity from the molecular, to the whole organism, to the population. There is a balance between molecular and organismal biology, and broader issues such as human population history.

Major topics:

3 one-hour lectures per week and 1 three-hour practical every 2 weeks.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (75%) and in-course assessment (25%). Continuous assessment comprises: 3 laboratory reports, 2 MCQ tests (each 5%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (75%) and in-course assessment (25%).