Postgraduate Course: Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics (PGBI11087)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course covers the application of quantitative genetic analyses to key questions in evolutionary biology, with the aim of dissecting the processes of natural selection, microevolution within populations and the maintenance of genetic diversity.
1. Fitness, the Price Equation, and the response to selection. Univariate measurement of natural selection for quantitative traits.
2. Nonlinear and multivariate selection.
3. Sexual selection. Heritability, genetic correlations, and multivariate phenotypic selection.
4. Genomic approaches to studying microevolution.
5. Social evolution: Multi-level selection and indirect genetic effects.
6. Animal models.
7. Senescence and ageing.
8. Inbreeding and inbreeding depression.
9. Effects of a variable environment: phenotypic plasticity, reaction norms, and genotype-by-environment interactions.
10. Paper discussions.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 4 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One Exam (60%)
One formative assignment 0%
Three assessed assignments: 10% ; 15%; 15% (Total 40%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the use of quantitative genetic concepts to address key questions in evolutionary biology relating to the study of natural populations
- draw upon skills relating to software used to estimate relevant quantitative genetic parameters
- demonstrate their familiarity with the relevant primary scientific literature
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jacob Moorad
Tel: (0131 6)50 5442
|Course secretary||Mrs Jennifer Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 5513