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BL4286   Advanced Topics in Evolution

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

In this module, we will consider outstanding questions in modern Evolutionary Biology to develop a detailed understanding of research issues in this field. Both molecular and whole organismal approaches will be addressed. Topics will be based on classic papers in the literature raising theoretical questions about the origin of species, adaptation, genetic drift and natural and sexual selection. Each classic paper will be combined with a recently published study addressing one of these theoretical topics. We will use tutorials and student-led seminars to address the topics in detail. The result will be an exciting opportunity to tackle classic topics in evolution and learn how the very latest research addresses these issues.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar (x 10 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 130

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 50%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50%


Module teaching staff: Dr N Bailey, Prof M Ritchie