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BB512: Population and Evolution

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher
EKA: N100007112, N100007102
Censorship: Second examiner: None, Second examiner: Internal
Grading: Pass/Fail, 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N100007101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

04011401 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

None

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to have basic understanding of genetics and classification.

Course introduction

The aim of this course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of population biology and evolution, which are the foundations for understanding biological phenomena including biological diversity, population fluctuations and extinctions, and interactions among species.

This course builds on knowledge of genetics, evolution and classification acquired in courses in the biology curriculum (BB525, BB531).

The course gives an academic basis for further studies in population biology and evolution, for example in the bachelor or masters project.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
  • Provide knowledge and understanding of scientific theories, experimental methods and current research topics in biology, and how these are employed in biological discussions. 
  • Structure personal learning.
  • Provide skills in critically evaluating biological theories, and express, evaluate and solve biological problems.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • express the importance of key mechanisms and processes in population biology and micro- and macro-evolution
  • identify and apply fundamental concepts in population biology and evolution
  • critically interpret observations of the natural world in the light of population biology and evolutionary theory

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:

Population biology:

  • models of population growth/decline
  • population extinction
  • intraspecific competition
  • age/stage-structured population models
  • interspecific competition 
  • predation and parasitism

Evolution:

  • adaptive and neutral evolution
  • natural selection and genetic drift
  • genetic impact of natural selection
  • origin, and maintenance of genetic variation
  • genotype-phenotype-fitness map
  • phenotypic plasticity
  • life-history evolution
  • the evolution of sex and sexual selection
  • speciation
  • coevolution

Literature

Gotelli, N.J (2008): A Primer of Ecology, 4th Edition. Sinauer ISBN: 978-0878933181.
Stearns, S & Hoekstra R (2005): Evolution, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0199255634. 
Other literature uploaded to blackboard.

See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisite test a)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Multiple choice quizes

EKA

N100007112

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a).

Exam element a)

Timing

Autumn

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisite test a) N100007101, BB512: Population and Evolution

Tests

Written exam

EKA

N100007102

Censorship

Second examiner: Internal

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Allowed, a closer description of the exam rules will be posted under 'Course Information' on Blackboard.

ECTS value

5

Additional information

4 hr. written exam with multiple choice and short answers and questions.

The mode of exam at the re-examination may differ from the mode of exam at the ordinary exam.

Indicative number of lessons

46 - hours per semester

Teaching Method

Activities during the study phase:
  • writing reports from laboratory or class exercises
  • reading assigned material
The course is divided into two roughly-equal parts: first population biology and then evolution. In both parts the classes are structured as a series of 1hr lectures on population biology or evolutionary concepts, usually followed by 1hr exercises, which are designed to reinforce the message of the lectures. 

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Owen Jones jones@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Thomas Bjørneboe Berg thomasbb@biology.sdu.dk Biologisk Institut

Timetable

42
Monday
14-10-2019
Tuesday
15-10-2019
Wednesday
16-10-2019
Thursday
17-10-2019
Friday
18-10-2019
08 - 09
09 - 10
10 - 11
11 - 12
12 - 13
13 - 14
14 - 15
15 - 16
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Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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