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EK5301: MOLECULAR ECOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor s.b. piertney

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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.

Epigenetics.

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.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 14 - 19
  • 2 Tutorials during University week14
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 15 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

poster

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

verbal feedback during presentation, written individualised feedback on poster

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Lab Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 75
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

individualised, written feedback; formative feedback during practical session

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandto understand biochemical basis of inheritance, how this generates genetic variation, how certain evolutionary processes affect variation in the natural environment
ConceptualEvaluateto glean and evaluate information from molecular genetics publication
ConceptualCreateto demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of a relevant piece of molecular research and to apply that understanding to an ecological context
ProceduralApplyto gain experience with techniques used in molecular ecology and to critically reflect on their application

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