Syllabus for Evolutionary Processes

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG373
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology 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: 2008-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2009-11-03
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2009
  • Entry requirements: 150 credits complete courses including alt 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry or 30 credits earth science . alt 2) 90 credits biology.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

After this course, the student should


  • understand and be able to describe central concepts and processes within the evolutionary biology

  • be able to explain and reconstruct evolutionary processes from these concepts and processes

  • be able to work with mathematical models for evolutionary processes and understand their structure

  • critically review their underlying assumptions and predictions and plan scientific experiments to test these models

  • be able to summarise traditional models for evolutionary processes and relate these to modern studies of the the same processes

  • be able to evaluate, contrast and justify standpoints of controversial hypotheses and models for evolutionary processes.

For students who take the course as a starting course within the Master's programme in biology, the module Current trends in biology is included. After this module, the student should

  • show an understanding of the research front in biology, its history and role for society and of the professional career for biologists

  • show an understanding of gender perspectives, research ethics and philosophy of science.

Content

The course focuses on the following concept and processes: Phenotypic and genetic variation, genetic drift, selection, heredity, inbreeding, phenotype plasticity, genotype -environment interactions, maternal and paternal effects, evolutionary limitations, evolutionary and ecological trade-offs, reproductive costs, population differentiation, species, species concepts and speciation processes.

Instruction

The teaching is given in the form of lectures, group assignments, individual projects with planning of scientific studies and independent literary work. Large emphasis is placed on problem formulation, hypothesis testing and exercises focusing on creative thinking. The exercises should also critically assess the realism in experiments. Short group projects should formulate and plan experiments and present the results of these discussions.
Within the course, the students carry out a literature project of 4 credits. The students that read the module Current trends in the biology which runs as a seminar series during the whole course, will instead carry out a literature project of 2 credits.

Assessment

The theoretical course (11 credits) is examined through written examination and compulsory exercises and seminars. For the module Current trends (2 credits) attendance and active participation in seminars is required. For the literature project (2 credits or 4 credits) a passed essay that is discussed at a seminar is required.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2009

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Conner, Jeffrey K.; Hartl, Daniel L. A primer of ecological genetics

    Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, cop. 2004

    Find in the library