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Module code:BIOL2016(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Energy and Evolution
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Dr Nick Lane
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):2,
Module prerequisites:Basic knowledge of biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and cell biology 
Module outline:The course will cover major evolutionary transitions from a bioenergetic perspective. It will emphasize the impact of mechanistic innovations in bioenergetics on evolution and earth systems. The course will show how energetics necessarily underpinned the origin of life, and how the acquisition of new sources of energy (from water to oxygen) and new modes of genetic control (such as specialized bioenergetic genomes) enabled the evolution of innovations from photosynthesis and programmed cell death to eukaryotes, metazoans and endothermy. The unifying theme of energetics will give insights into diverse fields of biology, including environmental microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology and plant sciences, helping to provide an integrated understanding of biology. 
Module aims:This module aims to show how changes in energy transduction drove many major evolutionary transitions that had a profound impact on life and Earth systems. The organizing theme of energetics provides unifying insights into disparate aspects of evolution, from the origin of life and photosynthesis to the evolution of endothermy and the cellular processes controlling lifespan. The course aims to give an inspiring perspective that integrates genetics and bioenergetics as the basis of evolutionary and environmental change, and will appeal to students with backgrounds in biology and biochemistry as well as ecology and environmental sciences. 
Module objectives:The major learning outcome will be an understanding of how small changes in the mechanics of energy transduction can have major effects on the tempo and mode of evolution, by radically altering the constraints operating on natural selection. Students will appreciate the mechanistic basis of processes such as chemiosmotic coupling in respiration and photosynthesis, and how changes in substrates, control systems and allometric scaling alter both evolutionary potential and ecological feedbacks on a global scale. Students will learn to appreciate the importance of the interplay between genes and energy transduction in evolution, and the relevance of these factors beyond evolutionary genetics to medical and environmental sciences. 
Key skills provided by module:This module will provide unifying insights into disparate aspects of evolution, from the origin of life and photosynthesis to the evolution of endothermy and the cellular processes controlling lifespan. Students will learn to assess and present evidence from a variety of souces through group presentations and essays on major events in Earth history that were potentially driven by biological or energetic shifts. 
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Notes:Please note this module will change to code BIOL7016 from the 2015/16 academic year. 
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