BMB546: Cellular evolution
The course builds on the fundamental understanding of cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, obtained earlier in the program, and gives a fundamental understanding of physiology, including the function of various organs and tissues and their interaction and development in an evolutionary context, which provides a foundation for studying these topics later in the program, including in the course BMB536, as well as courses in physiology and patophysiologi.
- To understand the mechanisms that underlie evolution and natural selection, and be able to transfer these to other contexts including evolutionary computation
- To approach scientific collaborations professionally, based on projects carried out in groups
- To be able to apply knowledge of evolution and the mechanisms behind it to, in groups, chose a relevant project, where evolution is a consistent theme.
- Be able to discuss various physiological aspects, and how evolution plays a part in these
Expected learning outcome
- Account for the mechanism behind evolution, including micro- and macroevolution
- Account for the mechanisms of evolution on the genetic level
- Describe the physiology of mammals in a evolutionary perspective
- Explain the function of major hormones
- Account for the mammalian digestion, excretion and cardiovascular systems
- Account for the physiological function of selected organs and tissues, including the evolutionary development and variation
- Explain the function of the nervous system and account for electrical signaling
- Account for different types of reproduction
- Account for the mechanisms in sensory organs at a cellular and molecular level
- Account for the motor skills in muscles at the physiological, cellular and molecular level
- Transfer knowledge of natural selection to other areas, including evolutionary computation
- Evolution - history and mechanisms
- Micro - and macroevolution
- The structure of the genome
- The anatomy of mammals
- Physiological regulation of water, salts, gasses and temperature
- The digestive system
- The cardiovascular system
- The excretion system
- The nervous system, sensory and motor skills
- Evolutionary computation
See itslearning for syllabus lists and additional literature references.
Exam element a)
Written group assignment with oral presentation
The exam form for the reexamination will be a short article on the form "Preview" or "editor's Choise", which accounts for the main points of a selected review of 1-2 pages. Supplementary literature (1-2 articles) supporting the main message of the article must be included along the way, and a summary figure will be produced summarising the conclusions.
Exam element a)
Port folio and test
Written exam - 2 hours
Written exam: All common aids are allowed e.g. books, notes, computer programmes which do not use internet etc.
Internet is not allowed during the exam. However, you may visit the course site in itslearning to fill in the MCQ test and to open system "DE-Digital Exam". If you wish to use course materials from itslearning, you must download the materials to your computer the day before the exam. During the exam you cannot be sure that all course materials is accessible in itslearning.
The form of reexamination will be a on-site exam which counts 100%. Points obtained during the three sub-exams and the written on-site exam in June will lapse and idoes not apply in the case of reexamination.
Indicative number of lessons
- Intro phase: 26 hours
- Skills training phase: 30 hours, hereof tutorials: 30 hours
- Study phase: 13 hours
Activities during the study phase:
As part the study phase single lessons will be scheduled before the lectures, to discuss the syllabus of the lecture. Each of these lessons should result in suggestions for the lecturer, in which the students specify which areas they find difficult,and would like the lecturer to focus on. This will be followed by a lecture, and subsequent tutorials, where the topics of the lecture will be discussed on the basis of set problems.