A series of three tutorials is held on some Wednesdays in conjunction with the lecture course. Each involves a small piece of written work which is discussed in the tutorial itself. The work handed in at tutorials taken together count as the equivalent of 25% of the final mark.



The tutorials will be held in Tutor's Offices, usually on Wednesdays 10-11am or 1-2pm, or Thurs 3-4. You will be assigned a tutor, with whom you should communicate about any problems you have on the course.  During the tutorial itself, you will be expected to attend, contribute to the discussion, and ask questions.


Remember: please HAND IN YOUR TUTORIAL WORK on FRIDAY BEFORE THE TUTORIAL into the box provided in Wolfson House. IF NOT HANDED IN BY 4:30PM ON THE FRIDAY before the tutorial, the marks will be penalized by 10%.*

Please put on the work:
1) Your name.
2) The course number BIOL2007.
3) Name of your tutor, so it can be directed correctly.

The work will be marked and returned to you during the tutorial. Tutors are busy and cannot be expected to mark late material. If you do not hand in a piece of work by the end of term, it will be marked as a ZERO, unless you have an extremely good excuse.  If you do not hand in tutorial work, the course will be regarded as incomplete and you cannot pass it, by UCL regulations. *

*Hey, they're the rules, we don't make them.  Just hand in on time, and there should be no problem.


These are designed to help you learn some of the basic population genetics mathematics.  There is a (fairly easy) mathematical problem on the exam, so it is well worth learning how to do the problems here.


Some tutorials will be essays.  Please read at least 2-3 papers from ONE of the topics (but not more than 1 General paper), using the material provided and - if you wish - further references in the Library. Your SHORT (1000-2000 words, about 2-3 pages single spaced 12 pt) but SWEET essay should be written INDEPENDENTLY of other people. Remember to give your essay a title, and WRITE YOUR NAME, the course number 2007, and your TUTOR'S NAMEon your paper.

References cited that you HAVE ACTUALLY CONSULTED should also be listed at the end of the essay in a proper format, showing where you get the information from.  For instance, suppose you might say in your essay: the "good genes hypothesis" for sexual dimorphism was not always popular (Jones 1987).  The citation in the reference list below would read something like:

Jones, J. S. 1987. The heritability of fitness: bad news for good genes? Trends Ecol. Evol., 2: 35-38.

Please do not simply regurgitate the papers you have read (boring for you as well as tutors).  Imagine you are writing a review paper for Nature or Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE); try to synthesize the information you have read into an essay from your own angle.

A list of possible references will be given for the specific essay, but you are not restricted to these.  Some relevant material in the Science Library at the reserve desk (catalogued under Biology 2007 (*), and also under the authors of the paper.

We strongly suggest reading the literature and writing the essay in the library, if possible, rather than manically photocopying these papers (in fact, you are not supposed to photocopy these teaching collection papers for copyright reasons)! It will be cheaper and you will learn more.

*In the library EUCLID catalogue, you should be able to find the papers by searching for the first author's name, B242 or 2007.

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