Fall 2022 - BISC 300 D100

Evolution (3)

Class Number: 1595

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

The phenomenon of organic evolution, and the major forces leading to changes in allele frequencies over time, i.e. natural selection and genetic drift. Topics include adaptation, speciation, the origin of life, and the major evolutionary trends over geological time. Students with credit for BISC 400 may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

1. Introduction to the mechanisms of evolutionary change

Darwin’s postulates

Natural selection

Mutation & Migration

Genetic drift

Neutral theory

Phylogenetics

2. Selection and Adaptation

Sex and recombination

Quantitative genetics

Sexual selection

Kin selection

Life history theory

3. History of life

The origin and early diversification of life

Genome evolution

Speciation

Human evolution

Grading

  • Quizzes x 4 15%
  • Exams x 3 50%
  • Weekly activities 5%
  • Tutorial participation 5%
  • Podcast and textbook assignments 25%

NOTES:

No Final Exam

The quizzes are meant for you to keep up with the course and to review your lecture notes.

The midterms are designed to help you digest the textbook, while the podcast and textbook assignments are exercises in science translation of that primary literature. (You don't really understand something until you have to explain it!)

MODE OF TEACHING

 

All synchronous (lectures, tutorials, midterms), no recording

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Evolutionary Analysis (Freeman and Herron), 2014, 5th Ed.


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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