Course code BIO321

BIO321 Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution

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Course responsible: Siri Fjellheim
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Course contents:

Topics: Genetic Variation, The Hardy-Weinberg Principle, Recombination, Linkage and Disequilibrium, Basic Models for Natural Selection, Mutation, Genetic Drift, Inbreeding, Non-random mating, Population subdivision and Gene Flow, Molecular Population Genetics, Molecular Evolution, and Phylogenetics. Advanced Models for Natural Selection and Quantitative Genetics.

Learning outcome:

The students should be able to understand the dynamics of the evolutionary changes that happen at the molecular level, the evolutionary forces behind such changes and the evolutionary effects of different molecular mechanisms on genomes, genes and gene products. The students should also gain theoretical insight and practical skills in methods used in comparative and phylogenetic analyses based on molecular data. The students should develop a critical approach towards the interpretation of this type of data, and a level of knowledge sufficient to understand cutting edge research articles on the subject. The students should be able to plan their own research on the subject and apply relevant methods in order to analyse and present the results.

Learning activities:

Lectures. Student presentations of selected seminal papers. Two compulsory assignments/computer exercises have to be handed in. Calculations/colloquia orgainzed by students.

Teaching support:

Fronter will be used actively to distribute information and links to computer programs, websites and data.


Textbook: Philip W. Hedrick: Genetics of populations, 2011, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, LLC.


BIO120 - Introduction to Genetics, MATH100 - Introductory Mathematics, STAT100 - Statistics.

Recommended prerequisites:

BIO211 - Molecular Biology, BIO220 - Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
/BIO200 Molecular Genetics in Eukaryots

Mandatory activity:

Presentation of the selected article and the compulsory assignments must be approved before the student can attend the final oral examination.


Oral examination counts 100%.

Nominal workload:

Lectures: 24 hours. Student presentations of selected papers: 24 hours. Individual study/colloquiums: 252 hours.

Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:

Lectures: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks. Student presentations: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks.

An external examiner will take part in the oral examination
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / Ikke bestått