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BIOL6029 Evolution and Genetics

Module Overview

Evolution typically happens over long time periods, with organisms being selected based on their environments. But climate change and human factors can also increase the rate of evolution. In this module we show how organisms evolve in terms of their environment, their competitors, and human influences. The module will begin by exploring the different ways in which interacting organisms can influence each other's evolution, and how co-evolution manifest itself in different types of interactions. Then we will focus on the interaction between humans, animals and plants and how domestication has given rise to the society we see today. An understanding of evolutionary processes, using domestication as a model system, will be investigated. We will then use example of recent evolution to understand how selection is manifest at the genomic level and how species evolve and adapt.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Consider various aspects of the process of coevolution in a wide range of interacting species.
  • Provide an understanding of the interaction between humans, animals and plants and how domestication has given rise to the society we see today.
  • Using example of recent evolution, demonstrate how selection is manifest at the genomic level.

Syllabus

Evolution typically happens over long time periods, with organisms being selected based on their environments. But climate change and human factors can also increase the rate of evolution. In this module we show how organisms evolve in terms of their environment, their competitors, and human influences. The module will begin by exploring the different ways in which interacting organisms can influence each other's evolution, and how co-evolution manifest itself in different types of interactions. Then we will focus on the interaction between humans, animals and plants and how domestication has given rise to the society we see today. An understanding of evolutionary processes, using domestication as a model system, will be investigated. We will then use example of recent evolution to understand how selection is manifest at the genomic level and how species evolve and adapt.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The principal method of teaching will be via 20 lectures plus one computer session; Students will write an essay on one from two topics; Students will critique an essay on the other topic; Students will prepare a poster or 5 minute presentation; Students will carry out genetic analysis computationally; The students will be directed to considerable background reading.

TypeHours
Workshops3
Lecture20
Independent Study127
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Futuyma & Slatkin. Coevolution. 

Freeman & Heron. Evolutionary Analysis. 

Thompson. The Coevolutionary Process. 

Barton NH, Briggs DEG, Eisen JA, Goldstein DB & Patel NH (eds). Evolution. 

Thompson. The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

BIOL2001

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
BIOL2001Evolution

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Other

there are no additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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