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BL3307   Evolution

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Lectures: 11 am Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: to be arranged.

Topics in this module will include: molecular variation and evolution, including phylogeny reconstruction; the evolution and maintenance of sex; the genetics of continuous traits, and the relative importance of continuous and discontinuous variation in evolution; evolutionary developmental biology; evolution of population genetic structure; the genetics of speciation, covering the evolution of pre- and post-zygotic isolation, and parapatric, sympatric and island speciation. Practicals will involve computer simulations to investigate a range of evolutionary phenomena, plus use of molecular markers to examine population structure and speciation.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2303

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 10 weeks) and 1 x 2-hour and 1 x 3-hour practical during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 165

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 34%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr N W Bailey
Module teaching staff: Team taught