Course code GEN220

GEN220 Genetic Basis of Biodiversity

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Course responsible: Joachim Manfred Heun
Teachers: Christian Bianchi Strømme
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum of 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
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course is divided into 4 main themes: 1) Describe and compare biodiversity 2) Tools for generating phylogenetic trees 3) Explain and validate theories explaining evolution 4) Examples of evolution
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The students should understand that all (today's and extinct) biodiversity is the outcome of Darwinian selection and other genetic mechanisms.

Skills: Students have to learn genetic approaches to understand the above-mentioned adaptation processes. Writing summaries of defined themes shall be done.

General competence: Students shall understand the genetic basis of biodiversity.

Learning activities:
Teaching support:
Appointments upon request.
Selected chapters from "Biogeography\" by Cox and Moore in combination with selected scientific papers and content of the lectures.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge about evolution.
Mandatory activity:
Students are asked to deliver 2 homework assignments in Fronter.
A three houres written exam.
Nominal workload:
Structured lectures: 25 hours. Individual student contributions: 275 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 25 hours.
The external examiner is involved in making the exam questions and the following grading of the exam.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått