Undergraduate Course: Evolution in Action 2 (BILG08005)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||An introduction to modern evolutionary biology, covering the origin of hereditary variation, natural selection, the origin of species, methods of phylogeny construction, major evolutionary events and coevolution. Examples will be drawn from all major taxa; molecular, cellular, morphological and behavioural evolution will be considered.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Origin and Diversity of Life 1 (BILG08001)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15,
External Visit Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Exam (80%) plus in-course assessment (20%).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Evolution in Action 2||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain a thorough understanding of the theory of evolution and its place in modern biology.
- Understand the processes underlying evolution at various levels, from variation within species to diversification of larger groups. Explore various ideas of how genetic diversity is maintained.
- Have knowledge of the broad range of methods used to study evolution. Learn how to qualtify and measure the factors involved in natural selection and genetic drift.
- Be able to construct phylogenetic trees and appreciate how these are used by evolutionary biologists.
- Understand the process of developmetn and the light this sheds on the evolutionary process.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Laboratory Tu 1400-1700 or F 1400-1700 (alternate weeks)
|Course organiser||Dr Patrick Walsh
Tel: (0131 6)50 5474
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Fox
Tel: (0131 6)50 5454
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