On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
know the modern hypotheses for the beginning of life on Earth
explain how species are formed and species boundaries are maintained
know central principles of population genetics, and could use the Hardy Weinberg principle to determine whether a population is evolutionary equilibrium
explain the processes and mechanisms that give rise to genetic variation and know the cause and effect of some mutation types
explain theory of evolution, its historical background and information supporting this theory
explain the mechanisms that affect populations evolution, including natural selection and genetic drift
know the principles of phylogenetic analysis and be able to construct and interpret phylogenetic trees based on phenotypic traits and molecular data
account for human evolutionary history, and how this background affects our life
The course provides a thorough introduction to modern evolutionary science, with an emphasis on population genetics, evolutionary history and evolutionary ecology.
The teaching is given as lectures and seminar groups and mandatory laboratory exercises and computer exercises with written reports. There will also be arranged indicative multiple choice tests during the semester that is voluntary and not eligible. The course has an expected scope of work of 270 hours.
Attendance to all obigatoriske laboratory exercises must be approved and all assignments must be passed, see Canvas for more information.
Assessment methods and criteria
4-hour written exam under supervision, which includes a multiple-choice test. Graded assessment.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.