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6AE124 Evolution

Learning outcomes

A candidate with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcome:

Knowledge: 

The candidate

  • has deep knowledge of the principles of natural selection, and the evolution of species adaptations
  • has knowledge of the consepts heredity, selection and genetic variation
  • has knowledge of co-evolution and evolutionary trade-offs
  • has knowledge of speciation processes, sexual selection and epigenetics

 Skills:

The candidate

  • can read scientific literature in the field of evolution and critically evaluate and discuss the results in written and oral form
  • can synthesize and present an evolutionary article/topic in public
  • can critically discuss the evolutionary processes leading to speciation and adaptations in species

 General competence:

The candidate

  • can work independently and in a team on written and oral presentations
  • can read scientific literature and critically evaluate and discuss the results in written and oral form
  • can synthesize and present a scientific article/topic in public

Course content

  • Principles of natural selection
  • Evolution of species adaptation
  • Heredity, selection and variation
  • Co-evolution, evolutionary trade-offs
  • Speciation
  • Sexual selection 
  • Epigenetics

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, student presentations, reading of scientific articles, written assignments.   

Coursework requirements

Oral presentation

Examination

  • written essay (40%)
  • oral exam (60%)

Grading according to ECTS-system on scale A-E for passed and F for failed. Both exams must be passed in order to pass the course.