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Module code:BIOL3012 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Sex, Genes and Evolution
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):PROF A POMIANKOWSKI
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3, 4
Module prerequisites:Only available for 3rd and 4th year students. 4th year students must check their programme regulations to ensure they are allowed to take a 3rd year level module. 
Module outline:BIOL3012 aims to cover modern aspects of evolutionary genetics. It will concentrate on (a) the evolution of sex and its consequences and (b) evolutionary conflicts between individuals and genes within individuals. A wide range of topics will be covered including: the evolutionary origins of sexual reproduction; the maintenance and consequences of selfish genetic elements (meiotic drive genes, cytoplasmic genes, transposable elements); the origin of the nucleus; sex determination; mitonuclear coadaptation; the evolution of sex chromosomes; the evolution of distinct sexes; the origin and evolution of social insects; sexual selection; sperm competition; genomic imprinting. The course is designed to attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds. In previous years, students have attended from Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Human Genetics, Human Sciences, Intercalated Medical Students, Zoology and the Natural Sciences. The course is suitable for 3rd and 4th year BSc and MSci, as well as G-level students. 
Module aims:To introduce students to an advanced understanding of current scientific research in evolutionary genetics. 
Module objectives:Students will be given the opportunity to learn: - about the major topics of debate in evolutionary genetics - how theoretical and experimental investigation have contributed to understanding - how to read and critically understand primary research papers - how to write short essays using primary research papers - the basic forces giving rise to social behaviour - how cooperative behaviour arises between genes within an organism - key evolutionary impact of selfish genetic elements - the principles behind the origin of sexes - how mate choice has caused the evolution of sexual traits - how genomic imprinting evolves - the origin of major eukaryotic adaptations, like sexual reproduction and the nucleus - variation in sex determination - the role of lateral gene transfer. 
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Coursework 40.00%
Unseen two-hour written examination 60.00% 
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Last updated:2016-07-17 19:53:51 by ucbtksr