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Module code:BIOL2007(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Evolutionary Genetics
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Prof Kevin Fowler
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):2,3,
Module prerequisites:"Introduction to Genetics" (BIOL1005) or equivalent 
Module outline:A course dealing with the forces which control evolution. Evolution is considered to have occurred if the frequencies of genes change in a population. Topics covered include genetic polymorphism, natural selection, random changes in evolution, and the genetic basis of speciation, including the genetic processes involved in human evolution. We discuss the maintenance of genetic variability, the role of chance in evolution, the origins of species and theories of evolution beyond the species level. The utility of evolutionary biology in disease and pest control, and in conservation also plays a part. Lecture topics include the effects of mutation, drift and selection (including directional, stabilizing, disruptive and kin selection), sexual selection, molecular evolution, mimicry, chromosomal evolution, coevolution, hybrid zones, speciation, macroevolution, the origin of the genome and the origin of life. 
Module aims:To cover the genetic basis of evolution 
Module objectives:Students will find out about the ecological and genetic core of evolutionary biology using prokaryote, animal and plant examples. They will be able to relate evolution to other fields, such as philosophy, history of science, geology, molecular biology, human genetics, ecology, and conservation. 
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Three tutorial exercises 25.00%.
Unseen two-hour written examination 75.00%. 
Notes:This course is a pre-requisite for the BIOL7008 field course which runs in Easter vacation. To register for this module for the 2012/13 academic year please ensure you meet the prerequisites listed above and, if you do, select it using Portico and await Teaching and Parent Department approval. 
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