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The course will develop the student’s awareness of how molecular genetic techniques, including modern ‘omics technologies, can be used to inform our understanding of aspects of ecology, evolution, population biology and conservation science. The course will describe the underlying central dogma of molecular biology that explains how genetic diversity arises and can be harnessed as molecular markers. It will then review the contribution of molecular genetics in individual, population and species level studies.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)|
The central dogma of molecular biology.
Molecular markers and PCR.
Microevolutionary processes and the Hardy-Weinberg paradigm.
Molecular markers in 1) population genetics; 2) phylogenetics; 3) relatedness and parentage
Genomics and transcriptomics.
By the end of the course students will be equipped with the knowledge and experience of a range of techniques currently used in molecular ecology, and appreciate emerging topics that will dictate how the field develops. The course will also provide direct experience of data analysis, interpretation and presentation.
This course is taken by students registered for the MSc programmes based in the School of Biological sciences. Everyone attending lectures must be registered for the course and complete all assessments
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
The course will be assessed based on a practical report write-up that combines across sessions (75%) and a poster presentation on a paper from the peer-reviewed molecular ecology literature (25%).