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BL2303 Evolutionary Biology

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:Lectures: 11.00 am Thu, Fri (odd weeks) 11.00 am Wed, Thu, Fri (even weeks) Practicals: 2.00 - 5.00 pm Thu or Fri (weeks 1, 3, 5, 8 & 10)

Evolution is a fundamentally important component of our understanding of all biological phenomena, from molecular to ecosystem scales. This module will give an overview of the history and major principles of modern evolutionary biology, aimed at contemporary biologists of all backgrounds.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Behavioural Biology, Ecology & Conservation, Evolutionary Biology, Zoology single honours degrees, Biology and Geology joint degree and MBiol integrated masters degree.

Optional for all other Biology degrees where timetabling allows.

UG Pre-requisite(s):BL1101 and BL1102
UG Anti-requisite(s):BL2105
UG Modules required for:BL3307, BL3309, BL3319

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 x 1-hour in even weeks and 2 x 1-hour in odd weeks, 3-hour practical (x 5 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 39
  • Guided independent study: 111

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:2-Hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50% (if Exam failed) Existing Examination = 50%, New Coursework = 50% (if Coursework failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (if coursework and exam failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (for Qualified Honours Entry)


Module coordinator:Prof M G Ritchie
Module teaching staff:Team taught