Master’s studies

Syllabus for Evolution: Causes and Consequences

Evolution - orsaker och konsekvenser


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MB402
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Bioinformatics A1N, Molecular Biotechnology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: Molecular Biotechnology - Starting Course or Bioinformatics - Starting Course
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • describe how evolutionary processes at genome level, such as substitutions, duplications, deletions, gene transfers and sexual recombination, create variation within populations
  • describe how evolutionary mechanisms such as genetic drift and selection influence the variation in different populations
  • discuss organisms' genetics and function in relation to physical, environmental and population factors
  • interpret phylogeny
  • use biological knowledge when evaluating bioinformatic methods
  • discuss social, ethical and scientific aspects of gene-modified organisms


Population genetics and evolution theory; selection, adaptation, genetic drift, genetic flow, macroevolution. Phylogeny as a tool to illustrate and analyse evolution. Demonstrations in the field. Bioinformatic methods for the analysis of evolutionary processes. Seminar about gene-modified organisms.


The teaching is given in the form of lectures and demonstrations, seminars and computer exercises.


Written examination (3 credits), computer exercises and seminar (2 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2017

  • Bromham, Lindell An introduction to molecular evolution and phylogenetics

    Second edition.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2016]

    Find in the library

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