Course code HFX209

HFX209 Evolutionary Biology

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Course responsible: Øystein Holand, Simen Rød Sandve
Teachers: Stig William Omholt, Siri Fjellheim
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Last time: 2018H
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Course contents:
All information about the course lectures and seminars will be available on Canvas.
Learning outcome:
The students should understand the theoretical basis of how the evolutionary forces shape biological variation and adaptation, and learn how we can use genetic data to study evolutionary and ecological processes. The course will give students fundamental knowledge and a basic toolbox that can be applied to the study of any type of organisms. By linking theory and practical examples and exercises, students will learn how DNA-sequence data can be analysed to understand evolutionary processes at the species level (millions of years), in natural populations, or in plant- and animal breeding populations. The course will provide the students a strong theoretical and conceptual basis for further master degree level courses within evolutionary biology, population genetics, genomics, plant- and animal breeding, and nature management and ecology.
Learning activities:
Learning activities includes two weekly double lectures in the first part of the course, while the last part of the course will be compulsory colloquiums, group work, and presentations.
Teaching support:
The lecturer will be available for questions during ordinary office hours.
Futuyma, 2013. Evolution. 3rd Ed. Sinauer Ass. Inc.
Students should have completed the 200 group in biology, but the course can also be taken by highly motivated students with a weaker background in biology.
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Mandatory activity:
Participation on seminars. Students will be divided into groups. All groups have to prepare a seminar where a central topic within the field will be presented based on selected scientific papers, followed by a discussion. To secure a fruitful discussion all students have to study one selected key paper beforehand.
Written examination, 3 hours.
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
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Type of course:
Type of course: About 2/3 lectures and the rest seminars based on students presentations.
External examiner.
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