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BI2017: GENES AND EVOLUTION (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

  • look at how instructions in genes are transformed by natural selection to produce the diversity of life on Earth;
  • learn how species evolve, how we determine evolutionary relationships;
  • why populations change, understand why humans (and other organisms) must carry genetic diseases;
  • meet enthusiastic staff; each teach about areas we are expert on;
  • take 3 Genes & Evolution Practicals to gain hands on experience of approaches used by researchers to map genes, estimate rates of evolution, and determine evolutionary relationships;
  • keep up to speed with in-course tests, understand basic statistics, see why mutations are not the only evolutionary currency

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Arimantas Lionikas
  • Dr Leslie Noble

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

None.

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 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:
  • The key genetic and evolutionary concepts
  • Evolution at the gene level
  • Evolution at the genome level
  • Evolution at the organism level
  • Evolution at the population level and the origin of species
  • Macroevolution (evolution of major organism groups)

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%), in-course continuous assessment (40%). Continuous assessment comprises 3 laboratory reports (10% each) and 2 online assessments (5% each).

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

Formative Assessment

PRS used by some lecturers.

Feedback

Practical reports will be marked with written comments. Students are given general feedback on performance during PRS sessions. Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the MCQ tests.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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