Syllabus for Evolution: Causes and Consequences

Evolution - orsaker och konsekvenser

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MB402
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Bioinformatics A1N, Molecular Biotechnology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • 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

Content

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.

Instruction

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

Assessment

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

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Bromham, Lindell An introduction to molecular evolution and phylogenetics

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

    Find in the library