Course code GEN220

GEN220 Genetic Basis of Biodiversity

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Course responsible: Joachim Manfred Heun
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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 selection 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 et al. 2016  in combination with selected scientific papers and content of the lectures. Lecture content is also obligatory, can be part of the examination and thus participating in the lectures is highly recommended.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge about evolution.
Mandatory activity:
2 homework assignments must be delivered into Canvas.
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: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått