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This course emphasises how evolution has shaped the patterns of biodiversity we see around us, and how we can use molecular genetic tools to gain a better understanding of what biodiversity means and how we can measure it.
In lectures you are guided through the theory of evolution, complementing your other biological sciences courses and helping you make sense of the diversity in the living world.
In practical sessions, you gain insight into the processes of evolution and some tools used to study biodiversity.
Through a poster presentation you gain specialised knowledge and experience communicating complex ideas and synthesizing information.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
The course looks at how evolutionary processes shape the spatial and temporal patterns of animal biodiversity, and some of the molecular tools that are available to provide new insight into characterising and managing biodiversity. Key components of the course include – microevolution, molecular markers, conservation genetics, speciation, phylogenetics, co-evolution, genomics and transcriptomics, epigenetics and the development of evolutionary theory and thinking.
Through the course you will develop a breadth of knowledge and understanding around evolution and biodiversity as well as a set of transferable and generic skills including capacity for independent, conceptual and creative thinking and an ability to communicate effectively for different purposes and in different contexts.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Essay Report (40%)
Poster Presentation (15%)
3 x Computer Practicals (15% each) (45% in total)
Alternative Resit Assessment
Students will repeat whichever elements of the assessment were failed or not completed at first sitting; the marks for elements already passed will be carried forwards.
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Factual||Remember||ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.|