10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: A-Level Biology or Equivalent Scientific Qualification


APS125 Genes in Populations

Aims/Description: This module will provide insights into major concepts in evolutionary biology, illustrated with a wide range of examples that cut across taxa. The course will cover the origins of variation, adaptation, and natural selection. Population genetics concepts will be briefly summarised, with particular attention to the persistence of genetic variation. Examples of microevolution will be used to show that evolution is a continuous and ongoing process. Species concepts and theories of speciation will be discussed and illustrated by examples of adaptive radiation. The evolution of sex and sexual selection, and the evolution of cooperation under kin selection, genomic conflict and coevolution will also be discussed.

Staff Contact: Dr Millie Mockford
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam

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