Syllabus for Fundamental and Molecular Systematics
Allmän och molekylär systematik
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- 10 credits
- Course code: 1BG393
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Established: 2012-03-08
- Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2012
150 credits including alt 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry or 30 credits earth sciences. alt 2) 90 credits biology.
- Responsible department: Biology Education Centre
On completion of the course, the student should be able to
- discuss and apply principles of delimitation and identification of species and other taxa
- account for the central concepts of the field and principles of phylogenetic analysis, especially based on the parsimony criterion
- discuss and apply methods to generate relevant molecular data, mainly sequence data
- choose and apply existing software for phylogenetic analysis and critically analyse, evaluate, compile and present the results of phylogenetic analyses.
The course deals with central concepts of general and molecular systematics, technologies for collection of molecular data and basic methods for phylogenetic analysis. Systematic issues and methods to address these; phylogenetic trees, the homology concept, classification. Phylogenetics; characters and character coding, sequence alignment, the parsimony criterion and other optimality criteria, tree search, sampling error and support, practical phylogenetic analysis. Delimitation and identification of taxa; species concepts, criteria and methods to delimit species in practice, identification of species with DNA sequences. Molecular data; types of molecular data for phylogenetic analysis and identification, extraction, amplification and sequencing of DNA.
The course consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions.
Parts of the course: Theory 5 HE credits; Laboratory sessions 5 HE credits
The theory part is examined through written examination and seminars. The laboratory part has compulsory
attendance with oral and/or written presentations.
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Applies from: Spring 2012
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Reading the story in DNA : a beginner's guide to molecular evolution
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008