Spring 2022 - BISC 300 D100
Class Number: 1772
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 14, 2022
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
1 778 782-4649
Prerequisites:BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better. Recommended: BISC 204.
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.
- Introduction to the mechanisms of evolutionary change - midterm 1
Selection 1: Darwin and one or few genes
Mutation & Migration
Intermezzo: Inferring and interpreting evolutionary trees
Mutation, migration, drift and selection: SARS-CoV-2
- Selection & Adaptation - midterm 2
Adaptations in the Reproductive arena
Recombination as an Adaptation
Selection 2: Fisher and many genes
Life Histories as Adaptations
- History - midterm 3
The origin and early diversification of life
Evolution of Humans
Postscript: Why is evolution so controversial?
- . 6 quizzes (with two missed or tossed without penalty: 20%
- . Three in-class Midterms: 50%
- . Podcast and textbook assignment: 30%
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 is an exercise 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
Evolutionary Analysis (Freeman and Herron), 2014, 5th Ed.
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